A 25-year old Starksboro man has been charged with taking a moose in closed season by Vermont State Game Wardens.

Vermont State Game Warden Robert Currier and State Game Warden Sgt. George Scribner responded on October 5 to a report of a moose found dead on Guthrie Road in Lincoln, VT. The wardens determined the moose had been illegally shot. Vermont’s firearms moose hunting season was October 20-25 this year.

Further investigation revealed that Shaun E. Rublee of Starksboro was involved in killing the moose.

Wardens and VT State Police executed a search warrant on Rublee’s residence. Wardens seized eight bags of moose meat, moose antlers, several tools used to butcher the moose, a rifle, and several rounds of .32 caliber ammunition. Rublee was then charged with taking a moose in closed season.

Rublee is subject to fines and restitution totaling up to $2,500 and faces up to 60 days in jail or both. Rublee is also facing the loss of his privileges to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for three years.

You can help protect Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources by reporting poaching violations to a State Game Warden or anonymously through Operation Game Thief (OGT). Operation Game Thief, a non-profit joint project of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. Callers do not have to reveal their names, testify in court or sign a deposition. Rewards are paid if an arrest is made or if a citation is issued.

The toll-free OGT phone is 1-800- 75ALERT (1-800-752-5378). Reports also can be made on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

Logo courtesy Vermont Fish and Wildlife

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