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Crash leads to deer poaching investigation
Crash leads to deer poaching investigation
By Kristen Swilley

The discovery of two severed deer heads inside a vehicle after an early morning crash has police wondering about poaching.

The condition of the deer heads alerted authorities.

Gabe Fuller, a Lizella deer processor, says he does things by the book.

You don't want guts and bones and deer hides left all over the place. It just keeps for a better, cleaner community, Fuller said.

Like every other deer processor in the state, his business is regulated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The agency has specific rules for everything from when and where hunters shoot to how processors dispose of the remains.

"If you don't follow them you could be shut down," he said.

The proper procedure for hunters is simple.

Immediately after the deer are shot, they should be tagged, recorded in a deer harvest record, then processed.

Only then can the deer be eaten.

And while Fuller understands his fellow hunters concerns, he thinks the reward of an extra deer isn't worth the risk when it comes to violating state regulations.

"I mean this day and age, by the time you pay hunting dues and buy a rifle and gear to hunt in, you're looking at thousands of dollars," he said. "So, it would be better to pay that extra 20 or 30 dollars to bring it up here and get your deer processed right."

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