NRP Blotter: Firearms Season Opener
The busiest weekend of deer hunting season was a safe one for the thousands of men and women who used the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while filling their freezers for the months ahead.
Maryland Natural Resources Police statewide checked 1,639 hunters and wrote 96 citations and 247 warnings. In all, NRP spent 1,791 hours on game patrols.
The season, which began November 30, concludes December 14.
Allegany County ─ David Allen Hickey, 46, of Westernport, was issued three citations for deer hunting during a closed season after officers found him in possession of one 4-point buck and two spike bucks shot with a rifle.
Acting on a tip, NRP found Hickey in possession of ten untagged deer racks, one deer that had not been processed, two deer heads and one large bag of deer meat. Hickey told officers he shot the larger buck and one of the spikes on November 27 and the other buck a few days earlier.
Officers seized the hides and antlers, and the unprocessed deer. The useable meat was donated to a needy family. The inedible meat was destroyed.
Hickey is scheduled to appear in Allegany District Court on February 6.
Frederick County ─ A man was charged with hunting within a safety zone and hunting with a rifle in a shotgun-only zone after a ricocheting bullet struck a Myersville home, causing as much as $1,000 in damage.
Martin David Holt, 53, of Myersville, is scheduled to appear in Frederick District Court on February 18. His rifle, gun case and 16 rounds of ammunition were seized. He faces a maximum fine of $1,000 for the safety zone violation and a $500 fine for the rifle violation.
Frederick County ─ A Facebook post by a Jefferson man boasting of shooting a 10-point buck ended with NRP officers charging him with two hunting violations.
Jacob Matthew Wiles, 19, killed the antlered deer with a rifle on his family’s farm but there was no record of him reporting it to the State.
He was charged with killing an antlered deer on a crop damage permit and with using a rifle in a shotgun-only zone. The deer was seized.
Wiles is scheduled for trial on March 5 in Frederick District Court. The maximum penalty on each charge is $1,500.
Frederick County ─ A hunting party on a New Market farm was issued multiple citations and warnings after they were checked by an officer on patrol. All three men are scheduled to appear in district court on March 12.
Joshua Robert Stonesifer, 25, of Westminster, was charged with hunting private land without written permission.
Edwin Walker Grimes, 30, of Westminster, was charged with not having a hunting license in his possession. He received a warning for not having a deer management permit with him.
Robert Eugene Marr, 44, of Frederick, was charged with hunting private land without written permission and not wearing fluorescent orange.
Nine additional hunters were charged in Frederick County on the opening weekend of firearms season. The maximum fine in each case is $1,500.
Justin Kenneth Bechtel, 18, of Littlestown, Pa., failure to field tag deer.
Paul Wayne Dennis, 30, of Emmitsburg, failure to wear fluorescent orange.
Lee Harold Frushour, 18, of Myersville, failure to report deer on harvest record.
Harry Bradford Gamble Jr., 64, of Emmitsburg, failure to field tag deer.
Todd Edward Harmon, 24, of Buckeystown, hunting with a rifle in a shotgun-only area.
John Alexander Hope, 48, of Lewistown, failure to field tag deer.
Tiffany Nicole Little, 21, of Emmitsburg, failure to wear fluorescent orange.
Timothy James Moser, 51, of Thurmont, failure to report two deer on his harvest record.
Brandon Edward Wagenmann, 32, of Rockville, hunting on private property without written permission.
Allegany County ─ An officer on foot patrol charged two Cumberland residents with hunting on private lands without written permission. Louis Allen Marrale, 49, and David Michael Iser, 53, have trials scheduled for February 6 in Allegany District Court.
Garrett County ─ Acting on a tip, NRP charged James Dale Tichinel, 26, and Jason Dylan Tichinel, 21, both of Swanton, with hunting antlerless deer out of season. The older brother received a citation for failing to report a deer kill.
Washington County ─ Two men were charged with deer hunting violations in Hagerstown Monday after a citizen complaint.
Officers from Maryland Natural Resources Police and State Police responded to a report of an illegally shot deer in the 9800 block of Old National Pike. They found David Wilson Wood, 62, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Matthew David Wood, 30, of Hagerstown.
David Wood told police he shot the 7-point buck on property where he had been given permission to hunt. However, officers determined that the deer had been killed in a neighboring field.
He was charged with hunting on private property without permission, failure to record a kill on his harvest record, failure to possess and display a hunting license, and hunting a bonus antlered deer before purchase of stamp.
The younger Wood was charged with failure to record a kill on his harvest record.
The buck was seized and donated to a family in need.
The men are scheduled to appear in Washington District Court on February 13. The maximum fines, if convicted, are $1,500 for each charge.
Washington County ─ Steve Donovan Kretzer Jr., 22, and Irvin Eugene Cowder, 81, both of Smithsburg, received citations for hunting at South Mountain State Park, where hunting is prohibited. The deer was donated to a local food bank. Both men are scheduled to appear in district court on February 11. The maximum fine for the offense is $500.
Four other hunters were cited in Washington County:
Adam Joseph Koontz, 19, of Hagerstown, failure to wear fluorescent orange;
Nathan Marc Mullinix, 20, of Hancock, failure to purchase a bow stamp;
Danny Lee Sims, 35, of Clear Spring, hunting on private land without written permission;
Joshua David Wertman, 28, of Hancock, failure to wear fluorescent orange.