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April 27, 2013

Four accused of numerous hunting violations

Four Otsego County men were ticketed with multiple deer-hunting violations March 29 for illegally killing eight deer in the county, Gene Kelly, regional director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said in a release Friday.

• John C. Doloughty, 25, of Hartwick, was charged with illegally killing an eight-point male deer and with discharging a firearm across a roadway in Middlefield on Nov. 18. He pleaded guilty on April 4, in Middlefield Town Court and paid a $1,000 fine.

• Ryan M. Parshall, 21, of Hartwick, was charged with illegally killing an eight-point male deer with a firearm during bow season in Hartwick. He pleaded guilty March 27 in Hartwick Town Court, and paid a $1,000 fine.

• Kyle W. Bronson, 24, Hartwick, was charged with discharging a firearm across a roadway, taking an eight-point male deer with the aid of an artificial light at night and trespassing in Hartwick on Nov. 20. The case is scheduled to be heard in Hartwick Town Court on May 8.

He  also is charged with taking a nine-point male deer with the aid of an artificial light at night, discharging a firearm across a roadway and not properly tagging a deer in Middlefield on Oct. 2. The case will be heard in Middlefield Town Court on May 5.

• Keith R. Bronson, 20, of Middlefield, was charged with illegally killing an eight-point male deer, taking a deer before the legal hunting hours and killing two female deer without a permit in Middlefield on Nov. 22. This case will be heard in Middlefield Town Court on May 6.

“DEC takes the illegal killing of wildlife and endangering public safety by discharging firearms across highways very seriously and both are prosecuted vigorously,” Kelly said. “Thanks to the investigative work of our Environmental Conservation Officers, we were able to charge these four individuals and obtain at least two convictions to date.”

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