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Vermont family faces multiple deer poaching violations

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:58 AM EDT
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ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (WCAX) - A Vermont family faces multiple deer poaching charges following a lengthy investigation.

Authorities say the investigation began in December and focused on Christopher Brough Sr., 51, of Rockingham. Game Wardens say Brough shot and killed five deer in 2020 while his hunting rights were suspended from previous convictions. They say the deer he shot were then brought to various reporting stations by his adult children.

Brough Sr. has pleaded not guilty to a total of 34 misdemeanors, including: hunting under revocation; taking deer in excess of the annual limit; shooting from a motor vehicle; taking big game outside of the legal day; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Dominique Brough, 29, of Rockingham, pleaded guilty to aiding in hunting under revocation and false information to law enforcement and was fined over $1,000. She pleaded not guilty to possession of an illegal big game animal.

Stephan Brough, 32, of Chester, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of an illegal big game animal and was fined over $600.

Christopher Brough Jr., 27, of Hartland, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of an illegal big game animal.

Shaun Richardson, 40, from Chester, pleaded guilty to hunting under revocation, false information to law enforcement authorities, and prohibited persons possessing firearms and was fined over $1,300.

Diana Brough, 51, of Rockingham, is due in court on July 7, on a charge of aiding in possession of an illegal big game animal.

An unnamed juvenile was also charged.

Game Wardens also seized three antlered deer mounts from a taxidermy shop in New Hampshire with the assistance of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

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