Perry County Elk Poachers Charged

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  1. elkguy

    elkguy 10 pointer

    Oct 4, 2004
    Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Release
    Two Perry County Men Arrested and Charged
    With Poaching Two Bull Elk
    November 30, 2006 Contact: Mark Marraccini
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1-800-852-0942, ext. 310
    Frankfort, Ky. – Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources arrested two Perry County men Wednesday, Nov. 29, and charged them with poaching two bull elk near Hazard.
    Alan R. Combs, 33, of Hazard, was charged with two counts of spotlighting and two counts of illegally killing and possessing elk. He remains lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Perry County in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond. The second person, Anthony Fugate, 32, of Viper, was released after posting $2,000 bond. He faces two counts of illegally killing and possessing elk, and one count of spotlighting.
    Conservation officers Lt. Frank Campbell, Greg Watts and Billy Collett conducted the investigations and made the arrests after learning about the Nov. 19 evening incidents on the old Lost Mountain strip mine.
    Campbell said Combs, with two young children in the vehicle with him, killed a small bull with a 20-gauge shotgun and slug sometime after dark. While trying to hide the vehicle, he became stuck and called Fugate for help. The two then removed the head of the small bull and later killed a bigger 6x6 bull and removed its head as well. They left the carcasses of the two animals in the field.
    The officers recovered one of the antlers from the larger bull from Combs’ vehicle. Later, officers recovered the other three antlers from Fugate.
    Combs is scheduled for arraignment in Perry District Court Monday, Dec. 4. Fugate has a trial date set for Dec. 11 in Perry District Court. Convictions could bring up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and $2,500 replacement cost for each poached elk. A conviction also could result in the forfeiture of any equipment used as well, including firearms and vehicles. The spotlighting charges carry $300 fines each.
  2. Well sounds like these guy are in some deep Doo doo , well serves them right really does , I hope they get a year for it, and they get the maxinum fines, they should really set a example of them, more because they had kids with them .:mad:
  3. Mount-N-Man

    Mount-N-Man 10 pointer

    Sep 1, 2004
    I hope they throw the book at both of them.
  4. mcdenney

    mcdenney 12 pointer

    Dec 16, 2002
    Wildcat Country, USA.
    Ain't Enough

    Obviously, the charges weren't enough to deter them so evidently the fines aren't stiff enough. I hope they make an excellent example out of these boys and I hope Bubba down at the jail house has the time of his life...:rolleyes: I'm sure he has a stiff penalty for 'em.......

    It would be bad enough to have them poach the animal to get the meat but to just take the head really gets my grits!!!!!:mad: Put 'em under the jail.
  5. muzzy125acc

    muzzy125acc 12 pointer

    Oct 31, 2002
  6. Redlined

    Redlined 12 pointer

    Sep 23, 2005
    In The Tree Next To Ya
    Doesn't seem to me like the fines are nearly enough.Three years and $10,000 minimum sounds about right.I hope at the very least this is considered a felony where they cannot legally possess a firearm again.
  7. Well I guess if you look at the Troy Gentry thing there is not alot of differance , other he is a millionaire, and had the money to fight it . But hey these guys need to be mad a example of, I think they should loose there hunting privliges for life in Kentucky . The state works hard to get the hunting for elk and deer to be great and idiots like this take away from us !! Just think of how many deer these bulls could have mated with over the years . They took more than justa couple!!!:mad:

    JPARKER 6 pointer

    Jun 11, 2003
    WAy to Go KDFW. Looks like with the money these these dips are going to be out they could actually have went on a real hunt.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2006
  9. treedog

    treedog 6 pointer

    Aug 20, 2004
    i am glad to see them get caught but i don't think they will do very much to them,i don't know the combs guy but i do know fugate and i don't think he will get anything because his mother used to work in the court system and she might still do but i am not for sure but anyway as crooked as the court system is here in perry county i know she can pull a few strings and get fugate out of the charges.
  10. gwhilikerz

    gwhilikerz Banned

    Oct 16, 2004
    Trial, verdict, punishment. Doesn't matter if it is Gentry, Fugate, or "Joe Average". If guilty everyone should be punished the same. Consistant! LOL this is two threads I have said that on today. It must be on my mind.
  11. lances

    lances 10 pointer

    Sep 12, 2004
    Lake Cumberland KY
    I hope they keep up the good work.
  12. Brewtus

    Brewtus 8 pointer

    Nov 6, 2006
    Erlanger KY
    Your killin me!! Are you talking about Bubba's night stick?
  13. Strutter

    Strutter Cyber-Hunter

    Dec 9, 2001
    "Just think of how many deer these bulls could have mated with over the years . They took more than justa couple!!!"

    MichHunter, I'd say not many. Haven't seen many DELKS around.

    I know what you mean though.
  14. JonDunn

    JonDunn 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2005
    Up the holler
    Would be different if they needed the meat, but sounds like they were just at it for killin and the antlers. They deserve the max.
  15. kybowhunter64

    kybowhunter64 Banned

    Oct 17, 2006

    amen to that i hope that they do to thats bull crap that thye would do that and they teach there kids to do that:mad:

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