Published November 12, 2009, 02:23 PM

Authorities: Minnesota world-record buck killed illegally

RED WING, Minn. — Troy Reinke killed what probably will be a world-record buck last month in Southeastern Minnesota. Goodhue County prosecutors today offered another description of the kill: poaching.

Pictured: DNR Conservation Officer Tyler Quandt with the confiscated deer rack

By: Mike Longaecker- Red Wing Republican Eagle, Northland Outdoors

RED WING, Minn. — Troy Reinke killed what probably will be a world-record buck last month in Southeastern Minnesota.

Goodhue County prosecutors today offered another description of the kill: poaching.

The Cannon Falls, Minn., man was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than five years in a jail and a fine of $19,000.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 and five-eighths inches. He said the net score was an even 185 inches — five inches larger than the next-closest eight-pointer.

“In the world of antlers, that’s tremendous,” Quandt said.

The DNR investigation stemmed from an incident where three deer, including a trophy 8-point buck were killed by archery in three separate incidents near Cannon Falls in October.

According to the complaint, Troy Alan Reinke, 32, admitted to conservation officers that he had shot a small doe and a small buck on separate dates in early October, and failed to tag or register either of the deer.

Reinke said he shot the large eight-point buck on Halloween evening. It had 185 “green score” on the Pope and Young trophy deer scoring system. A green score is an unofficial score to rate deer antlers.

Conservation officers seized a bow, two deer racks, the meat from the three deer, and the hide from the large buck as part of their investigation.

Restitution for the small buck and doe is $500 each. Restitution for the trophy buck is $1,000.

Reinke also faces other fines and court costs, and could have his hunting privileges revoked for three years if convicted. A trial date has not been set.

The buck was the topic of intense Internet chatter earlier in the week. Hunters at first were excited after Internet rumors spread of a world-record buck being taken in Minnesota, Quandt said.

That didn’t last long.

“As quickly as they found out it was illegal,” he said, “their feelings turned to being quite angry.”

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