The late fall and early winter season saw poaching charges leveled all around the Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 5.
Lake Placid man Philip R. Perry Jr., 37, was charged with misdemeanor exceeding bag limits of big game and a violation of possessing someone else's carcass tag in the Town of Santa Clara Nov. 10. Maximum possible penalties are $2,250 in fines and one year in jail.
Keesville man Harold Bailey, 56, was charged Nov. 11 with misdemeanor possessing a firearm while using artificial lights on lands inhabited by deer in Chesterfield. Maximum penalties are $1,000 in fines and three months in jail.
Lake Placid man Peter Hunkins, 51, was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence Nov. 12 in Long Lake, a misdemeanor. Hunkins paid $352.50 in fines in a settlement.
Jay man John C. Devlin, 39, was charged with taking deer with the aid of an artificial light and taking deer out of season Dec. 4, both misdemeanors. He paid $500 in fines.
Elizabethtown man Jerry F. Peters, 54, was charged with taking deer from a roadway and shooting from a public highway in Elizabethtown Dec. 12, both misdemeanors. Maximum penalties are $2,000 in fines and three months in jail.
In other DEC news, the two Essex men who attacked a Great Blue Heron Aug. 8 by throwing stones at the animal — which was euthanized due to its severe injuries — were sentenced for the incident.
Michael W. Martindale Jr., 29, of Jay was convicted Dec. 12 of illegally taking wildlife and taking a protected bird. He was fined $502.50 by the Town of Jay Court.
Ryan Slater, 22, of Wilmington was convicted of torturing an animal under the Agriculture and Markets Law Oct. 17 in the Town of Jay Court. Slater was sentenced to 60 days in jail and was returned to state prison for four years for violating his status as a parolee.