Brighton Man Charged with Illegally Taking Deer
Thomas Charest, 55, of Brighton, was charged Thursday with two counts of illegal possession of whitetail deer, one count of taking a buck deer over bait, one count of taking deer out of season and one count of hunting deer without a license or habitat fee. Charest is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.
Charest allegedly shot a buck deer over bait in September at his residence near Brighton. The deer scored around 140 inches. Charest also allegedly shot a deer scoring 179 inches over bait in October 2012 that he reported to the DNR’s harvest reporting system then took another deer that scored 145-150 inches around New Years Day without a tag.
He was also found in possession of an illegal deer scoring 165 inches, and two deer from South Dakota and one deer from North Dakota. The investigation is continuing on the deer from the Dakotas.
Conservation Officer Wes Gould who covers Washington and Keokuk counties received information from a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline that lead to the charges.
If convicted, Charest faces fines and civil penalties of $6,170. Gould seized Charest’s bow, arrows and the deer.