Poacher Gets Slap on Wrist for 25th Violation

This should make every hunter seethe with anger. Poachers continue to steal our wildlife and when caught all they receive is a gentle slap on the wrist. They repeat the offenses again and again and do not stop. Judges need to prosecute these criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

The latest example of judicial malfeasance comes from Vermont where a man was convicted of wildlife violations for the 25th  According to MSN, Carl Sanborn started his career in poaching back in 1993 and before this most recent conviction has racked up a total of 81 days in jail and $6800 in fines.

We can now add the paltry numbers of his latest conviction. Sanborn was recently sentenced to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended. He was also ordered to pay $850 in fines. This is an extremely lite sentence for a habitual offender.

And to make matters worse he is passing his despicable legacy unto his son. In the same incident Sanborn’s 21-year-old son Jonathan was also charged and is scheduled for trial in September. He faces more than two years in prison and $8,000 in fines for six counts, including allegedly shooting at a deer decoy.

And to make that even worse a 16 year old and a 13 year old were with them when the committed the most recient violation.

According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Facebook page here is what happened.

Carl Sanborn, 49, of Barnet has been sentenced to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended and ordered to pay $850 in fines after pleading no contest to five charges related to an October 2017 poaching incident.

Sanborn has previously been convicted of 24 fish and wildlife crimes dating back to 1993 and had been sentenced to 81 days and fined $6,800 because of these previous convictions.

Sanborn was convicted of taking part in the shooting of a deer decoy on the night of Saturday, October 21. The decoy was placed by Vermont State Game Wardens in an area in Danville with a long history of poaching activity. Sanborn’s son, Jonathan, 21, was also charged in the incident with six counts for allegedly firing the shot and faces more than two years in prison and $8,000 in fines if convicted. His case is scheduled for trial in September.

After the shot was made a car registered to Carl Sanborn sped away from the scene and wardens engaged in a high-speed pursuit. During the pursuit, a bow and rangefinder were thrown from the vehicle and recovered by wardens.

The 16-year-old driver of the vehicle was charged as a juvenile with eight counts and has completed juvenile diversion. Another juvenile, 13 years old, was also in the vehicle but was not charged.

The car, along with the bow, rangefinder, and light were all seized and ownership of some or all of them may be forfeit because of their use in a crime. All three who were charged also stand to lose their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking anyone with information about any poaching activity to call their local warden through their nearest state police dispatch, or they may leave an anonymous tip to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378).

This type of activity happens all too often. Hunters are the best defense against poaching.  Teach the next generation the proper way to do things and do not tolerate others breaking the rules. Poachers steal from law abiding hunters and tarnish the character of our pursuit.