By Ernie Over
Two northeast Wyoming residents, who were working in the Pinedale area, have been convicted of several charges relating to the illegal shooting and abandonment of two trophy-class mule deer south of Pinedale last fall.
Matthew Mulcare, of Moorcroft, was convicted on two counts of Wyoming’s Winter Range Statute for taking two antlered mule deer out of season, one count of waste, one count of wanton destruction, one count of shooting from a public road and one count of illegal caliber for big game. As a result, he was fined $5,840 in fines and $6,000 in restitution for the two deer illegally shot. The .223 caliber rifle used in the crime was forfeited to the State of Wyoming and his hunting privileges were suspended for 6 years. In addition, Mulcare was ordered to serve 35 days in jail.
Joel Newberry, of Gillette, was convicted on one count of accessory to waste, one count of accessory to wanton destruction, and two counts of accessory to taking antlered deer out of season. As a result, he was fined $5,160, ordered to serve 19 days in jail and his hunting privileges were suspended for 4 years.
The two deer were illegally shot near Buckskin Crossing, off the Lander Cut-Off road southeast of Pinedale, on November 12, 2012. Wyoming Game and Fish Warden, Duane Kerr, was on patrol as part of the annual mule deer winter range task force and discovered the head-less, and partially processed, carcass of a mule deer within hours of the deer being killed. Subsequent investigation revealed a second deer had been shot and left in the same area.
The case was made after items of trash from both crime scenes, including a can of Copenhagen chewing tobacco and a can of Monster energy drink, were found to have been purchased from the Boulder Store on the morning the deer were poached. Analysis of receipt transactions confirmed that both of these items were purchased from two young men in a tan Dodge truck, which matched a description of a truck in the area, according to witnesses. The men were identified from video surveillance and transaction history information. A search of the two individual’s homes in Gillette and Moorcroft revealed a severed deer head and two quarters of deer discarded into a ravine at Mulcare’s residence. More....