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Dumbest Poachers of the Year: Part II

In the mold of the famed Darwin Awards, here are more award-winning feats of stupidity from the outdoor world.

The Dumbest Poacher
Early last year Adam M. Frame filed the following message on Facebook: "I just posted a video from us hunting at 4am drunk n a subdivision with my headlight lighting it up."

Click to the provided video and there was Frame, 25, and Dustin J. Porter, 24, spotlighting and blasting off rounds at a few whitetails in their suburban Wisconsin neighborhood.

These two apparently weren’t aware of a few important things. They had just admitted to a crime and provided evidence to support a case against them.

Turns out, an anonymous tipster directed Department of Natural Resources wardens to the video, “Hunting - Muktown style," and gave officers the Facebook account and password information so they could access Frame’s page.

Conservation Warden Doug Zeihen then put together a case against the pair using records he obtained from Facebook that linked Frame to the account and evidence recovered from seized computers.

When questioned by Zeihen, Frame confessed but said that no deer had been killed during the incident. As a part of an agreement, he pleaded guilty to shining wild animals while possessing a firearm. He was fined $354 to be paid in installments of $25 per month.

According to the DNR, this case was its first ever arrest based on a Facebook video, although it has built cases from information found across the Web.

But for Frame and Porter one blaring fact remains— stupidity may be fleeting but Facebook is forever.

Hunter Forgets to Buy License; Gets Best Excuse Award
Christopher James had just killed the buck of a lifetime, a 24-point monster that would definitely be the talk of the town. Everything had gone as planned, except for one small detail—he didn’t have a license.

James, who resides in Horton, Mich., killed the buck on Oct. 24 and bought his license at 9:44 a.m. the next day.

Department of Natural Resources investigators read his story in the local newspaper and immediately doubted the legitimacy of James’ hunt. After doing some checking in the DNR license database, they discovered the discrepancy.

So, instead of facing fame and hunting glory, James was facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully taking game that carries a mandatory jail term of five to 93 days and a $1,000 fine. Not to mention loss of hunting privileges for three years and forfeiture of the antlers.

The buck, which had an estimated score of 218, was undoubtedly one of the top five bucks ever taken by a Michigan bowhunter. Now, because he forgot to buy a $15 license, James would have to forfeit his trophy.

James’ would-be giant is now owned by the Department of Natural Resources, and could eventually be available for view in the agency or even in a museum.

One thing is for sure: James will never forget the time he forgot.

New York Conservation Officers Arrest Bear Poachers; Get Hard-at-Work Award
The Adirondack early bear season has been open for less than two weeks and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is certainly keeping busy busting stupid poachers.

Since the beginning of early bear season on Sept. 19, the Region Five Environmental Conservation Police has been working undercover to nab would-be rustlers. Routine patrol and investigations have also led to a number of arrests for illegally taking bear and illegally hunting over bait piles.

On the eve of opening day officers arrested two New York residents after receiving an anonymous tip. Adam D. Hart, 29, and Joseph M. Anselmo, 25, were apprehended and charged with hunting bear during the closed season, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a church and taking big game with the aid of an artificial light. Officers quickly found that Anselmo had shined a flashlight on the black bear while Hart pulled the trigger. The wounded bear was located and put down. Hart and Anselmo each pleaded guilty in Criminal Court to taking a bear and paid fines totaling $800.

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