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3 charged with poaching 24 deer, including 36 point whitetail

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The deer were allegedly illegally taken over a 10-year-period. (Source: IDNR) The deer were allegedly illegally taken over a 10-year-period. (Source: IDNR)
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Three people have been charged with poaching twenty-four deer, including a potential state record whitetail deer.

According to the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR), charges were filed against the three people after an 11-month investigation.

Specific charges were filed against Christopher Kiernan, 45, of Minooka, Illinois; Garret Armstrong, 31, of Avon, NY and Larry Smith, 49, of Williamsburg, Ontario Canada, according to conservation officials.

State officials say the investigation focused on the illegal taking of a 36-point buck scoring 261 5/8 and valued at $35,000.

"The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement has zero tolerance when it comes to poaching matters," said IDNR Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez.

The deer were allegedly illegally taken over a 10-year-period.

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