Published November 30, 2009, 03:13 PM

DNR: Poached trophy buck shot with gun

RED WING, Minn. — A trophy buck allegedly poached by a Cannon Falls, Minn., man was shot with firearm, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources official said today.

By: Mike Longaecker, Northland Outdoors

RED WING, Minn. — A trophy buck allegedly poached by a Cannon Falls, Minn., man was shot with firearm, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources official said today.

DNR conservation officer Tyler Quandt said lead fragments were found in the hide of the deer, indicating it was killed by a gun and not an arrow, as previously stated by the suspect, Troy Alan Reinke.

Reinke, 32, was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the trophy buck after already taking two other deer that he didn’t register. The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than five years in jail and a fine of $19,000.

Quandt of Red Wing said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 5/8 inches. He said the net score was an even 185 inches — five inches larger than the next-closest eight-pointer in North America, a buck from Michigan.

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Duluth News Tribune staff writer Sam Cook contributed to this report. The Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle and the Duluth News Tribune are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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