The State Department of Environmental Conservation arrested two men in Water Mill in early October as part of what it said is a major initiative to crack down on deer poaching, one that also resulted in the arrests of more than 100 others across the state over a seven-week period, state officials revealed this week.
The two men, Jeffrey Klein, 35, of Copiague and Ivan Ramirez, 38, of Lindenhurst, were arrested after being caught “deer jacking” a decoy deer set up by DEC officers. Deer jacking is the process of shining a spotlight on a deer to stop it in its tracks long enough to kill it. The deer jacking occurred on October 2 at about 6 p.m. on Schwenks Road, a residential area off Edge of Woods Road, during the open weekend of archery hunting season, according to Bill Fonda, a DEC spokesman.
Mr. Klein was charged with discharging a bow within 500 feet of a dwelling, a misdemeanor, and shooting from a public highway, according to DEC officials. He and Mr. Klein were both charged with hunting big game during closed hours, hunting deer with the aid of artificial light within 500 feet of a dwelling, and use of a light in a motor vehicle while in possession of a long bow, all violations, according to DEC officials.
Mr. Fonda said in an e-mail that Mr. Ramirez’s next court date is January 19, but a clerk at the Southampton Town Justice Court said he was released on December 1 after paying a $500 fine.
The arrests were part of a seven-week operation of honing in on deer jacking. DEC officers charged 137 individuals, totaling two felonies and more than 250 misdemeanors and violations.