Accused record-breaking buck poacher blames someone else
|Photo via DNR|
|A DNR officer displays the confiscated rack|
Reinke, of Cannon Falls, originally told DNR investigators that he took the eight-point buck on Halloween with a bow. The issue: His license allowed him to take just one deer of either sex, but authorities say he took three total. He was charged with 13 poaching-related counts.
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Authorities said his tag should have gone to one of the first two deer, both reportedly shot in early October. Reinke allegedly waited to fill his tag until killing the trophy buck, shot Oct. 31. Consequently, all three were taken illegally, according to the charges.Then, DNR investigators discovered that the buck had in fact been killed with a gun, contradicting Reinke's story.
Now, Reinke says someone else shot the buck, and he claimed it as his.
The investigation continues.