3 Wisconsin Hunters Charged with Poaching Deer in SD

Posted Monday, December 8, 2008 --- 11:50 a.m.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- An anonymous tip led to the arrest of three Wisconsin hunters charged with poaching a deer near Java.

Sully County Conservation Officer Don McCrea says the three were in South Dakota to hunt pheasants but used a lighted scope on a rifle to shoot a five-point buck last week.

He says they took the deer back to the lodge where they were staying, cut off the rack and back straps and then dumped the carcass in a rural area.

McCrea says Dallas Lasche of Fall River, Wis., is charged with seven hunting violations. Jacob Merrill of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Benjamin Ballweg of Fall River, Wisconsin, have two charges pending against them.

All of the crimes are misdemeanors.

McCrea says the three spent Friday night in jail and were released on bond Saturday.

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