By John McCoy
West Virginia deer hunters have killed a lot of trophy bucks this fall.
Poachers got their share, too.
In several parts of the state, Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement officials have reported an increase in illegal deer kills. Many of those kills were trophy animals.
"Right now, there's so much activity we're having trouble keeping up with it," said DNR Police officer D.W. Hylton, who is stationed in trophy-rich Wyoming County.
On Wednesday, Hylton and other officers stationed throughout the state's southern and southeastern counties gathered at the DNR's MacArthur headquarters in Raleigh County to compare notes about their poaching arrests. About two dozen sets of antlers, several frozen deer heads, a few chunks of frozen venison and even a frozen bear cub carcass were set out in a conference room to illustrate just how busy a fall it had been.
"From the first of September through early December, we've made 311 arrests in our eight-county district," Hylton said. "Approximately 70 percent of those were for illegal killing of game or illegal possession of game." More....