A Vermont man was recently charged with several fish and wildlife violations. Kenneth Bacon Jr, 30, of Barton, allegedly shot from a vehicle on a public road on November 30 in Craftsbury and then fled as wardens attempted to apprehend him, putting one warden in danger of serious injury.
Wardens with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department were in Craftsbury at the time conducting an operation in response to several recent complaints of illegal road hunting and poaching activity in the area.
Bacon was apprehended in Barton on Saturday, December 7. He was issued tickets and citations for possessing a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle, shooting from a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a game warden, taking deer in closed season, and reckless endangerment.
Further investigation revealed that Mr. Bacon had already harvested and reported a deer earlier in the season. The legal limit for deer during the November rifle season is one.
The case is set for arraignment in Orleans District Court on January 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. If convicted, Bacon may face incarceration, up to $3,000 in fines and a three year loss of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
Vermont wardens continue to rely heavily on confidential information provided by the public. If you witness illegal activity, please alert a Vermont State Game Warden immediately by calling your local State Police Barracks. You can also contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378) or online at www.vtfishandwildlife.com/laws_thief.cfm. Rewards are paid for information leading to an arrest.
Media Contact: Col. David LeCours, 802-828-1529