Allen Edgar Butt, 60, was cited for hunting over bait on public land and hunting with a permanent stand in Savage River State Forest. He also received a warning for damaging trees to clear a shooting lane.
An officer on patrol on November 6 saw fresh tire tracks in a small pull-off area and noticed the remnants of a fresh deer gut pile. The stomach contents contained corn.
The officer found bait and a tree stand on top of the ridge directly behind the pull-off. The stand was locked to a pine and surrounded by more than five scattered piles of shelled corn, half of a bait block, and a salt lick nestled in a log.
A pine tree was shorn of limbs to make footholds and several saplings were cut to clear a shooting lane.
The officer kept the site under surveillance and caught the hunter five days later shortly after sunrise.
The maximum fine for the two violations is $525.