Three men in trouble for mule-deer poaching
Two Texas men and a Norwood resident paid hefty fines and two of them face losing their fishing and hunting privileges after admitting guilt in a mule-deer poaching incident in western Montrose County.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Nathan E. Wilson, 30, of Norwood; Weldon. R. Kavecki, 65, of Throckmorton, Texas; and Timothy Taylor, 69, of Euless, Texas, confessed to illegally killing in early December two mule-deer bucks in a remote area known as Pony Draw south of Dry Creek Basin.
Wilson and Kavecki were charged with hunting out of season, unlawful take of wildlife and waste of game meat. In January, both men paid fines of $2,317.50.
They also were assessed 45 penalty points against their hunting and fishing privileges.
Taylor, who accompanied the other two men, was charged with being complicit in unlawful take. He paid a fine of $947.50 and was assessed 15 penalty points.
According to Parks and Wildlife, a state wildlife officer received a call Dec. 6 from a local resident who, after seeing three men acting suspiciously near Pony Draw, found a freshly killed buck near the spot where the men were seen.
The informant recognized one of the men and was able to get a description of the men’s vehicle as it drove off.
He then called Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and two officers met him at the scene and inspected the dead animal. While one officer drove to Norwood to locate the vehicle, the other wildlife officer and the informant found another illegally killed buck.
In Norwood, the officer interviewed Wilson, Kavecki and Taylor. A Parks and Wildlife spokesman said the men confessed to shooting the deer.
“The informant just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose. “We wouldn’t have known about this if he hadn’t called. This shows how vital a role the public plays in protecting Colorado’s wildlife resources.”
Because of the severity of the crime, Wilson and Kavecki could lose their hunting and fishing privileges for life. Such suspensions also are honored in 38 other states belonging to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
“Colorado’s wildlife is precious to us all,” DelPiccolo said. “We cannot overemphasize the importance and value of citizens reporting wildlife crimes and how much we appreciate that they do.”
Anyone suspecting a wildlife crime is encouraged to contact a local law enforcement officer or Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Reports can be made anonymously.