Two plead guilty to turkey poaching

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On April 25, 2017 while patrolling Magoffin County for turkey hunters, Officer Glenn Griffie located a pickup truck, in the southern area of Magoffin County acting suspiciously on a black top county road.

Once the vehicle seen, my patrol vehicle, it appeared it sped off. Once catching up to it and getting the driver to stop, Officer Griffie was able to see fresh blood and turkey feather’s in the back. Officer Griffie was able to Identify two male subjects, that later advised they were brothers.

Upon further investigation, Officer Griffie was able to locate two male turkeys inside a freezer, that was located on the brothers’ family property. The passenger confessed to killing both turkeys that morning and both subjects advised they didn't have their licenses or tags. During the investigation, while inspecting the shotgun, used to kill the turkeys, Officer Griffie was able to determine it wasn't plugged.

While searching the males on social media, it was brought to Officer Griffie's attention, the male driver had posted pictures and videos of turkeys being killed. Once looking at the driver's social media page, it was decided the male driver, also had killed three turkeys. While interviewing the male driver, Officer Griffie was able to gain a confession, from him, stating he had killed all three turkeys.

Between the two brothers, there was a total of 22 hunting violations that was issued, as stated below.

Shane Prater

2 counts Resident Hunting without licenses and permits

1 count hunting without hunter education course completion card

1 count bag limits on Wildlife

2 counts hunting with improper shotgun-size/plugged

8 counts illegal take/pursue Wild turkey

 

Wesley Prater

2 counts Resident Hunting without licenses and permits

3 counts illegal take/pursue wild turkey

1 count bag limits on Wildlife

1 count hunting with improper shotgun-size/plugged

1 count hunting without hunter education course completion card

 

Both brothers pleaded guilty to the charges on June 19 and were sentenced to the following:

Shane Prater

$1689 replacement cost

$1100 fines that are suspended, as long as his doesn't commit any new violations.

1 year hunting rights revoked

 

Wesley Prater

$1126 replacement

$550  fines that are suspended, as long as he doesn't commit any new violation

1 year hunting rights revoked

 

Submitted by Officer Glenn Griffie

7th District Conservation Officer