Two men Arrested for Poaching Deer on Game Farm

Some people will do anything for antlers and bragging rights, including breaking the law. Just look at these two men from Lawtey, Florida. They were arrested last week for breaking into a game fame and killing deer. Aaron Griffis, 24, and Taylor Wise, 23, killed two large bucks on Shadd Farms a game preserve in Butler County. Both men face multiple charges.

According to News 4 Jacksonville, an anonymous tipster led to the arrest of two Lawtey men on poaching charges, according to officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

FWC Officer Bret Gill received a complaint about shots being fired in the deer pen on Shadd Farms, and another anonymous tip led FWC Reserve Capt. David Lee to online information showing Griffis and Wise bragging about killing a big buck.

According to FWC Investigator Todd Hoyle, Wise posted several pictures of the poaching incident to his Snapchat social media account. In an interview, Wise admitted shooting an 11-point buck out of Shadd Farms’ deer pen while riding in a vehicle with his child and Griffis. He also explained that after dropping his son off with a friend, he and Griffis drove back to the pen, where they cut the fence and dragged out the deer, investigators said. They then returned to Lawtey’s to clean the deer.

The investigation, which began in November, also revealed that Griffis entered Shadd’s deer pen another night, officers said.

“After exercising a search warrant issued by the state attorney’s office on Griffis’ social media private messages, we found videos that he posted of himself walking through the woods, shining a light and shooting at a deer,” said FWC Lt. Clay Huff. “There were comments accompanying the video, stating it was a 15-point deer at which he was shooting. Mr. Shadd advised that he had found a 15-point buck dead in his pen.”

Wise was charged with:

 Trespass by projectile (third-degree felony).

 Grand theft livestock (third-degree felony).

 Conspiracy to commit grand theft (third-degree felony).

 Breaking or injuring fences containing animals (third-degree felony).

 Child neglect (without harm) (third-degree felony).

 Taking deer at night (first-degree misdemeanor).

 Firearm discharge from public road (first-degree misdemeanor).

Griffis has been charged with:

 Trespass while armed (third-degree felony).

 Grand theft livestock (third-degree felony, two counts).

 Conspiracy to commit grand theft (third-degree felony).

 Breaking or injuring fences containing animals (third-degree felony).

 Taking deer at night (first-degree misdemeanor, two counts).

 Possession of firearm by felon (third-degree felony).

 Trespass (first-degree misdemeanor).

“Mr. Shadd appreciated the work that was done and has given a reward to the person who supplied the anonymous tip about the suspects,” Huff said.

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