Two Upshur County men have learned the best way to poach a trophy buck is not to do it next to someoneâ€™s house.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 6, a Rock Cave resident notified authorities that he had heard gunfire near his home. Sgt. Marshall Powers and Deputy Dewain Linger of the Upshur County Sheriffâ€™s Department answered the call, along with Division of Natural Resources conservation officer Jeff Craig.
The officers discovered that a large buck deer had been spotlighted and shot. The poachers took the buckâ€™s head, with antlers still in velvet, and left its carcass in a nearby field.
After a brief investigation, the officers cited 32-year-old Heath Foster of Rock Cave for spotlighting, hunting during a closed season, carrying a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, and shooting within 600 feet of a residence. Fosterâ€™s alleged accomplice, 32-year-old Terry Pumphrey of Ireland, was cited for spotlighting, hunting during a closed season, illegal possession of wildlife, and conspiring to commit a hunting violation.