A Town of Herman resident is facing several charges including the loss of hunting privileges after admitting to DEC officers that he took a pair of deer out of season.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation says a tip from the public led them to 18-year-old Elliot Matthews, who after being interviewed admitted to shooting the deer out of the window of his truck on the side of a St. Lawrence County road.

Mathews was charged with the following:

  • taking a deer with the aid of an artificial light
  • possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle
  • discharging a firearm from a public highway
  • taking deer during the closed season
  • hunting without a license
  • taking deer from a public highway
  • failure to tag deer
  • using rim fire ammunition to hunt deer

If Matthews is convicted he could face up to $10,000 in fines, lose is hunting privileges for 5 years and lose the rifle he used to shoot the deer.


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