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Hunter admits illegal deer kill

New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – A University of New Hampshire employee pleaded guilty yesterday to falsely reporting where a deer was killed as part of a ruse to hide the fact that the animal was taken from a protected town forest in Lee.

David Howard, 44, of Rochester, first reported the animal as killed in Greenland, but changed his story after state Fish and Game officers questioned him. Howard then said he shot the deer in Stratham and even took officers to the site of the alleged kill and showed them blood from where he dragged the animal from the forest as well as the internal organs he had removed.

But the animal wasn't killed in Stratham. A resident of Lee reported a gunshot near Maud Jones Memorial Forest there on Nov. 8 and Fish and Game officers found a deer's gut-pile nearby. Suspecting foul play, Conservation Officer William Boudreau put one of his business cards into the animal's stomach.

On Nov. 12, he pulled that same card from the pile that Howard showed him in Stratham. Howard must have suspected the jig was up when officers questioned his kill because once Boudreau pulled out the card, Howard produced a typed confession admitting he improperly killed the animal and moved it.

"He was taking it right to the end, I guess," Boudreau said of Howard's deception. But the blood-stained business card told the whole story.

Howard, a UNH public works supervisor, accessed the Lee forest via UNH property.

He pleaded guilty yesterday in Portsmouth District Court to falsely reporting where the deer was killed. He was ordered to pay a $120 fine and $250 in restitution, according to court records.

Howard also pleaded guilty to trespassing and improperly tagging a deer in Durham District Court last month in the same case, Boudreau said. He was fined $120 for the first charge, $240 for the second and had his hunting license suspended for a year.

Boudreau said Howard was apologetic in court yesterday and regretted the incident.

As for the deer, it was confiscated and is currently frozen at a Fish and Game office. The carcass will be donated to Hunt for the Hungry program that feeds families in need.

Boudreau said Fish and Game officers are constantly on the lookout for those who break hunting laws.

Although this is the first time he has used a business card to nab someone, Boudreau said there are other covert methods to track whether kills have been moved, such as cutting the claws of an animal or marking it with a powder that is only visible with a UV light.

Next time around, Boudreau said he may get one of his business cards laminated before slipping it into some innards.

"It was pretty nasty," he said.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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When I lived in New Hampshire, I remember we were not aloud to set off fireworks at New Year, but using dynamite to get ride of the beaver lodge that swapped next doors land was OK so it was Happy New Year you buck toothed fucker.

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