Stamford residents Daniel Brill, Matthew Jaquish and Jonathan Brill, and Harpersfield resident Kurt Eckert Jr. were charged with a total of 85 violations, according to a media release by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
With incidents allegedly dating back to 2011, the DEC investigation found 11 deer were taken illegally, with eight being shot at night from Sept. 3 to 24. Two of the deer were illegally taken during the 2011 hunting season, the DEC report said.
While these four are innocent until proved guilty, anyone who does this sort of thing is only giving local hunters a bad name. The actions of those who break the law reflect badly on the great majority of hunters who follow the rules. The DEC has made hunting regulations for a reason: To allow deer hunting to be a safe and useful exercise for food and to help control the deer population. Deer hunting also draws tourism dollars to our forests and lands, while helping to feed local families all year.
If you notice suspicious hunting behavior, report it to the DEC hotline at (877) 457-5680.