MIDDLEBURY — Two young men were apprehended for poaching by police and State Game Wardens early Sunday morning after a caller noticed suspicious activity near the Abbey Pond trailhead in Middlebury.
The two men, whose names are being withheld at this time, were in the process of unloading and field-dressing a buck deer they had shot illegally an hour earlier in Cornwall.
The men’s weapons and a 2020 Chevy Silverado were seized and are currently impounded at the New Haven State Police barracks.
The two men have been under investigation for a string of fish and wildlife crimes that occurred in the Middlebury and New Haven area over the past five weeks.
The investigation is ongoing, but at this time the men are linked to at least five illegally killed deer and a wild turkey.
All of these animals were allegedly shot from the road, and some were shot at night.
The weapons used were a 30-06 rifle and a .22 caliber rifle.
The deer were processed and hung from a tree in the woods near the Abbey Pond trailhead and at a local concrete plant.
The men were preparing to process the last deer when a concerned citizen called to report suspicious activity which led to their apprehension.