Five Men Face 78 Criminal Charges Related to Poaching Deer in Vermont
By angelamontana

Posted: May 3, 2022

After a months-long investigation conducted by multiple agencies, five young men were charged with crimes around the poaching of 14 whitetail deer in Vermont last season, according to a report issued by the state fish and wildlife department. They faced 78 criminal charges, including taking and possession of deer in a closed season, transportation of illegally taken deer, failure to report and tag big game, obstruction of justice, and feeding deer.

Appearing in Vermont court for deer poaching charges on April 26 were Zackery Baxter, 26, of Sharon; Jeffrey Degrasse, 26, of Hartford; Kobe Labonte, 22, of White River Junction; Casey Thayer, 27, of Hartford; and Patrick Whitcomb, 24, of Hartford.

Baxter and Degrasse pled not guilty to all charges.

Read the full article by Bob McNally via Outdoor Life here.


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