3 convicted in Rock County poaching case

CREATED Nov 8, 2012

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MADISON- Three Rock County men have been convicted of illegally shining and shooting deer after a nearly year-long investigation.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says 23-year-old Joshua Beyer of Janesville, 22-year-old Christopher Kummer of Milton and 20-year-old Chris Taylor of Evansville were convicted in October after an investigation that started last December.

The Capital Times reports the men were convicted for illegally shining and shooting seven deer. But investigators say they most likely shined and shot at many more deer.

Shining is using high-powered lights to scout for deer at night. It's legal if you don't have firearms in the vehicle.

The case started when a Rock County sheriff's deputy spotted the occupants of two pickups shining into a field on an early December morning.