Poaching suspected in trophy buck killST. PAUL — A Goodhue County man faces numerous charges after allegedly shooting a trophy buck illegally near Cannon Falls.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
ST. PAUL — A Goodhue County man faces numerous charges after allegedly shooting a trophy buck illegally near Cannon Falls.
Troy Reinke, of Cannon Falls, was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty more than five years in a jail and a $19,000 fine.
Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt began investigating Reinke following several anonymous tips, some gleaned once tales and photos of the deer hit the Internet.
According to a criminal complaint, Reinke, 32, told DNR investigators on Nov. 5 that he shot three deer in October on private land, including the trophy buck.
But since his license only allowed for him to shoot one deer, authorities said it should have gone toward a doe — the first deer Reinke said he shot.
The other two — a smaller eight-pointer and the trophy buck — were taken illegally, prosecutors allege.
Reinke allegedly admitted to shooting the first two without tagging or registering them. Prosecutors say he waited to fill the tag until after shooting the trophy buck, which Reinke said he killed Oct. 31 in rural Cannon Falls.
Quandt said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 and five-eighths inches. He said the net score was an even 185 inches — five inches larger than the next-closest eight-pointer.
Hunters at first were excited after Internet rumors spread of a world-record buck being taken in Minnesota, Quandt said.
That didn't last long.
"As quickly as they found out it was illegal, their feelings turned to being quite angry," he said Thursday.