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Dry Ridge man pleads guilty to poaching

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A Dry Ridge man won’t be able to hunt for three years after he plead guilty to a charge of illegally taking a deer.

Joseph L. Carpenter, 48, was arrested on Aug. 28 through a joint investigation of Charlie Phillips, of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells.

Carpenter was found with a 10-point deer rack, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Phillips said Carpenter killed the buck Aug. 22 with a compound bow. Carpenter, however, filled out paperwork claiming the deer was killed on Sept. 5, the opening day of deer archery season.

Phillips said the deer was quite large and a hunter paying for a guided hunt where this size deer may be found would cost between $2,000 and $7,000.

Carpenter entered a guilty plea on Sept. 21. He agreed to pay a $750 fine and $153 in court costs, as well as surrender his hunting license for three years. He also forfeited his hunting equipment except for one bow.

Anyone who has information concerning a game law violation should call 1-800-25-ALERT.