December 2, 2009
Brinkley, AR – A 30-year-old Searcy man has been charged
with violating several hunting regulations in the flood prone regions of
Arkansas. Preston F. Clark was issued five citations after Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission wildlife officers received information that he had been deer
hunting in areas closed by high water.
On Nov. 29, AGFC Sgt. Brian Austin and Wildlife Officer Thomas Kendrick received
information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers Jerry Griggs and Jeremy Nguyen
that Clark had killed several deer while deer season was closed in both flood
zones B and C. An informant told the officers that six sets of antlers were at
the residence of Roland Clark, Preston’s identical twin.
Griggs went to the Roland Clark residence, located on Augusta Camp Road in
Gregory, where he was given permission to search the residence by Roland Clark
in cooperation with the investigation. The antlers were located in a false wall
in Roland Clark’s bedroom. The antlers were seized and Roland Clark provided
officers with additional information on his brother Preston Clark.
The AGFC and FWS officers then met with Preston Clark in Woodruff County. During
an interview, Preston Clark admitted that all six sets of antlers belonged to
him and that he had killed four of them during the day, one at night and the
sixth one was a road kill that he had found on the road. Preston Clark also said
that he shot two other deer at night from Augusta Camp Road, but they went off
into the woods where the water was too high to retrieve.
Preston Clark was issued five citations, one for night hunting and four
citations for hunting while the season was closed. The total bond amount for the
five citations is $10,675. Clark’s rifle that was used in the killing of the
deer was seized as evidence as were the six sets of antlers.