Deer Poachers Convicted of Multiple Night-Hunting Incidents

CONTACT: CO Mike Matson: 603-271-3361 Lt. James Juneau: 603-271-3361

CONCORD, N.H.  – On July 16th, 2014 Dana Martin of Pittsfield and James Blaisdell of Barnstead attended their third and final court hearing for illegal night hunting at Candia Circuit Court.

On October 22, 2013, Conservation Officers Michael Matson and Ronald Arsenault had setup alaw badge deer decoy in the town of Northwood that was shot by James Blaisdell using a crossbow from a motor vehicle at approximately one o’clock in the morning.  Once the crossbow bolt hit its intended target, Dana Martin, the driver of the vehicle sped off, leading the officers on a pursuit through four counties and disposing of evidence along the way.  Conservation Officer Matson caught up with the duo in Pittsfield where both suspects were placed under arrest.

While at the Pittsfield Police Department, Conservation Officers Matson and Arsenault interviewed both suspects.  The results of the interview revealed that Martin and Blaisdell had also been involved in at least one other night-hunting incident occurring on September 17, 2013.

For their illegal actions, Martin and Blaisdell were each found guilty of a Class-A misdemeanor, two Class-B misdemeanors, and a violation.  The sentencing of the men resulted in each paying $6220.00 in fines, a 5-years loss of their hunting privileges, and 20 hours of community service.

The NH Fish and Game Department wishes to thank Deputy Merrimack County Attorney Catherine Ruffle and Assistant to the Rockingham County Attorney Ken Burlage for their assistance in the prosecution of the charges.

NH Conservation Officers are committed to protecting the future of hunting, fishing and conservation in New Hampshire to ensure that future generations enjoy our natural and historic heritage.

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