SCDNR busts turkey poachers in McCormick County


South Carolina’s 2023 turkey hunting season is set to open in about a week, but two poachers allegedly got an early start in McCormick County, according to the SCDNR. The two have been charged with numerous crimes related to their jumpstart on the season. They are facing several charges and fines totaling $8720.

Region 1 Officers PFC Jones and PFC Rowland were the arresting game wardens, who received a tip through Operation Game Thief about the situation on March 11. PFC Jones was working with K9 Chloe, who searched the area and located overwhelming evidence that turkeys had been killed out of season. Jones and Rowland collaborated, and combined their knowledge of the area with the evidence, which led them to a potential suspect.

Through their interview with the suspect, they learned that three turkeys had been killed that morning by two suspects. Aside from killing the turkeys out of season, they were also charged with hunting over bait and various other violations.

If you see suspicious activity among outdoorsmen in South Carolina, contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-922-5431.

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