By Joel Banner Baird
A 10-point antler rack, bolted and glued to the head of a slain doe last fall, raised the blaze-orange flag of state game wardens.
But ultimately it was poor sportsmanship -- not his skill with hand tools -- that nailed Marcel Fournier, 19, of Concord in the prosecution's case.
The Vermont State's Attorney Office released documents Thursday that show that, over the course of several months, Fournier illegally hunted does and at least one immature buck, using his Jeep's headlights to spot (or "jack") his quarry. [sic\
angle and their placement and the size relative to the size of the animal," LeCours continued. "Something wasn't natural about them, in addition to the fact that they weren't natural."
LeCours said Fournier will lose the privilege of obtaining a Vermont hunting, fishing or trapping license for at least three years -- and only after he passes a remedial hunter safety course.
There's a good chance Fournier will not follow that trail alone: Northeast District wardens cited 40 hunters with violations relating to out-of-season shooting, baiting animals or otherwise illegally shooting deer.
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