Frankfort, Kentucky - Crittenden County Wildlife and Boating Officer Randy Conway had
heard the rumors for several months.
A poacher was shooting turkeys from a cabin, over bait and out of season. Last
week, he confirmed the rumors.
"I asked my sergeant, Ron Haywood, to take me in there and drop me off," said
Conway. "I found the cabin. I found the bait. And then I found 12 to 15
carcasses scattered through the area – one of them fresh, only one or two days
old." So he stepped up his watch, and last week it paid off.
After making several trips and seeing no activity at the site, he returned again
and watched a gobbler strutting near the bait. This time there was a truck
parked at the cabin.
"I went and hid my truck at an old barn and walked back in," he said. " I set up
and watched. After I had been watching about two hours, a man stepped out on the
porch and shot the bird."
Conway arrested Will Bushart, 68, of Marion, KY, and charged him in Crittenden
District Court with shooting a turkey over bait, hunting out of season, and
illegal take. Each of the three charges carries a penalty of up to $1,000 in
fine, a year in jail, loss of hunting privileges, and court costs.
Conway seized a 12 gauge Browning BPS 3 ½-inch-chambered shotgun and the poached
25-pound gobbler at the scene. Bushart has a court date scheduled for April 20
in front of Crittenden District Judge Tommy Simpson.
Last Updated: 04/12/04