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Charges filed against deer hunter

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Hunting without consent charges were filed Oct. 26 in Clay Superior Court by Robert Pell of the prosecutor's office against Robert Lamb II, of Brazil.

Lamb, the subject of an Oct. 13 front page story in The Brazil Times about shooting one of two deer with locked antlers and heads, is accused of hunting, either knowingly or unknowingly, on property without the consent of the landowner.

The class C misdemeanor is punishable with the maximum of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine plus court costs.

Eric V. Stearley, of Brazil, who has leased the rights for hunting the property in question for several years, contacted authorities after being informed by acquaintances of a possible offense by Robert Lamb II.

Stearley felt the case was substantial enough to press charges after contacting Conservation Officer Paul Harden regarding details of the story, then through his own investigation into reports of Robert Lamb's story appearing on www.realtree.com.

Officer Harden, unaware of any criminal activity until notified, registered the complaint with the prosecutor's office on behalf of Stearley. There are approximately 10 to 30 charges of this type filed by landowners during any given hunting season.

The prosecutor's office then processed the complaint and sent, by registered mail, the summons to Robert Lamb II.

"I've said the same thing since taking that shot," said Robert Lamb II about the summon. "I've told the truth."

A court date to appear for this charge had not been issued as of press time.

When asked about the controversy, Lamb said, "The 99 percent of the people that are talking about this probably do agree with the rumors. But I wasn't shooting at a 15-point buck locked to the head of an 11-point buck: I just saw a deer. I didn't know if it was a doe or a buck. I was just shooting at meat for my family, which I do every year legally, according to the laws of this state. I did nothing inhumane, or unsportsmanlike, and most true hunters understand that."



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