Police: Allegany Co. man put pics of illegally-hunted deer on social media
CUMBERLAND, Md. (WBFF) - A Western Maryland man is charged of illegally shooting and importing a buck with antlers in Pennsylvania, after he posted a photo of the dead animal in the trunk of his sedan.
A Maryland officer and the Pennsylvania Game Commission began following leads late last year after complaints of illegal hunting activity.
They targeted Christopher Alan Porter, 37, of Cumberland, after seeing photos on social media of "a dead nine-point buck extending from the trunk of a white sedan," reported Maryland Natural Resources Police on Tuesday.
(A "point" is each tine on the antler that sticks straight up near the base of the antlers.)
Porter told police that he killed the buck from his vehicle in Pennsylvania using a muzzleloader, in late November, said NRP.
"He loaded it into the car and brought it to Maryland without properly tagging it. The nine-point antler rack scored 135 inches on the Boone and Crockett Club big-game measuring system," reported NRP in the news release.
Porter also said he killed an eight-point buck from his vehicle around the same time near Allegany County's Warrior Mountain Wildlife Management Area. He also killed a spike buck in Pennsylvania and a doe in Maryland.
Officials found the skulls of the eight-point and nine-point bucks, and the head of the spike buck, in storage units and a shed, after executing a warrant at Porter's home.
He is charged with three counts of shooting from or across a road, two counts of importing white-tailed deer without required documentation, two counts of exceeding the bag limit of antlerless white-tailed deer during bow season, two counts of failing to make a reasonable effort to take possession of a wounded/dead deer, two counts of hunting on private land without written permission, hunting from a vehicle, having a loaded weapon in a vehicle and hunting deer at night.
If found guilty on all charges, he could be fined $5,500.