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Old November 19, 2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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We caught two

By Derek Jordan
SIERRA VISTA — A Willcox man has had his Arizona hunting license revoked for life and was fined thousands of dollars after a monthslong investigation by the Arizona Game and Fish Department revealed he had been killing wildlife illegally and on private property.

Jared A. Youngs, 22, was fined $6,000 by the department, which in October also revoked his ability to ever legally hunt or fish in the state again.

Another man, Josh L. Ferrigna, 24, also of Willcox, identified by the department as Youngs’ “accomplice,” was fined $1,500 and had his hunting license revoked for 15 years.

A six-month investigation into the two men began in March 2008 after officials discovered the carcass of a decapitated mule deer, said Mark Hart, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“Based on the state of the remains found, there had been no attempt to use the animals as game meat,” Hart said. “They were simply looking for trophies.”

According to Hart, the investigation and interviews with Youngs and Ferrigna revealed the two men would travel to private property at night and shine powerful headlights at the deer to immobilize them before killing them.

“That’s an easy way to kill a deer. It’s not sporting. It’s certainly not hunting,” he said.

Investigators obtained search warrants and were able to uncover evidence at two Willcox residences, including antlers, linking the men to the acts, he said.

According to Hart, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission was only recently given the authority to revoke a hunting license for life, which it reserves the punishment for only the worst offenses.

“This was a case in the extreme and merited the most severe penalty,” he said.

Authorities said the men killed five mule deer in this manner, four bucks and one doe.

In a Wednesday news release, Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Manager John Bacorn shed some light as to the motive of the two men.

“During interviews, these individuals were asked why they had engaged in this type of activity, and their responses were they just got caught up in the excitement and the adrenaline rush,” Bacorn said.

The men received a total of 22 citations and were fined more than $12,000 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, according to state authorities.

The charges they are faced with include knowingly taking wildlife during a closed season, possessing unlawfully taken wildlife, taking wildlife without a license, taking wildlife with artificial light, taking wildlife with the aid of a vehicle, waste of game meat and trespassing on private property while taking wildlife.
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Old November 19, 2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Glad that they caught the perps. That was some expensive antlers.
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Old November 19, 2009, 11:36 AM   #3
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Nice thing is with the reciprocity agreements in many states, they can't just pack up and move somewhere else to hunt.
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Old November 19, 2009, 02:40 PM   #4
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From the charges, it doesn't sound like they were into legal hunting anyway.

But the charges will be worse if they do it again on a revoked license.

I guess I need to read the SV Herald Disgrace more often. I live in Sierra Vista, and this is the first I've heard of it. Wilcox (where the poachers live) is about an hour away.

I can only say, "Good job!" to the Az G&F Dept on their investigation.

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Old November 19, 2009, 03:32 PM   #5
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Good deal! Hang 'em High!

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Old November 19, 2009, 03:39 PM   #6
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Good deal! Hang 'em High!
At's a Roger! All that and they weren't even eatin' 'em. Wow. We crossed a few lines as kids, but ALWAYS ate what we killed. That was the whole point!
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Old November 19, 2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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Tombstonejim do you work for Game and Fish?
Nope Just a generic we for the good guys.
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Old November 20, 2009, 12:14 AM   #8
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I used to buy apples out by Wilcox. There is some great hunting out there. The workers used to plant watermelons in the rows between the apple trees. I woke up one morning and saw two 8 point Muleys(that's Western points, 8 a side) and a dozen javelinas in the orchard...Glad they got the bastids...
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Old November 20, 2009, 01:11 AM   #9
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Kudos to AZ DF&G!!!
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Old November 20, 2009, 01:46 AM   #10
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More states need to get stricker on there game laws like this. Never heard of hunting licenses being revoked for life, or even 15 yrs for that matter. I hope more states catch on.
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Old November 20, 2009, 02:33 AM   #11
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Chalk up two for the good guys.

I believe much of the outlaw hunting is a lifestyle thing and can only be deterred by jail time and property forfeiture. Unfortunately, getting a prosecutor and a judge to go that route, is probably rare.

Compare it to DUI type offenses. Till multiple DUI penalties were enhanced, DuI convictions and DL suspensions did not really deter drunk drivers. With loss of vehicle and felony status for X number DUI's, I think we're starting to see a diff.

Seize the truck, the ATV, the firearms (on an offender now,don't get jumpy) and you may get peoples attention.

The scope of wildlife/resource offenses is staggering. Not seeing as many deer on your lease or in your area? Yeah, it could be disease, or a habitat/cover change, but I'll bet you've got an outlaw problem first.
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Old November 21, 2009, 09:50 PM   #12
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Not seeing as many deer on your lease or in your area? Yeah, it could be desease or a habitat/cover change , but I`ll bet you got a outlaw problem first.
Can`t agree with any statement made on here any greater than I agree with this one. With the amount of bucks found in this area during bow season with holes blown in them,racks cut off and carcass left for the buzzards:barf: its not a wonder why the quality bucks have gotten few and far between here. Sad part about it is its being done by a certain few that live close by. Most of us are tired of it but till we get concrete evidence nothing much will change. Poaching all the big breeder bucks out of the herd will sure put a hurtin on things. Catch`em and take all they got!
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Old November 28, 2009, 08:49 PM   #13
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GLAD they caught the SOB's! People like that put bad names for hunters!
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