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TScottW99
04-18-2003, 07:41 PM
Reward offered for information on killer of turkey hunter
By the Associated Press

April 18 2003

LEXINGTON, Va. -- An anonymous donor and a conservation group with a focus on turkey hunting are offering an $11,600 reward for information about the shooting death of a Maryland turkey hunter in western Virginia last weekend.

The Virginia chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are hoping the reward will yield information about who shot David B. Stack, 44, of Nanjemoy, Md., while he was hunting with his family in Rockbridge County.

The federation initially offered a $1,000 reward. An anonymous donor pledged an additional $10,600 Friday, according to game department spokeswoman Julia Dixon Smith.

Spring gobbler season in Virginia, during which only male turkeys can be taken, runs from April 12 to May 17 this year, with hunting allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.

Unlike deer hunters, who wear blaze orange to be recognizable to other hunters, gobbler hunters wear full camouflage, including masks. They typically sit on the ground and use a hen call to lure their prey.

When Stack didn't return to his camp Saturday, family members called local authorities, who called the game department, said Herb Foster, chief of law enforcement operations for the game department.

Game wardens and a state police helicopter with a heat sensor searched the area Saturday evening but stopped for the night.

Stack's body was found Sunday morning, shot in the back by a rifle, Foster said.

The death occurs in the midst of a long-running debate about whether rifle hunting of turkeys should be outlawed in Virginia. Virginia is one of a handful of states east of the Mississippi that still permit it.

The vast majority of turkey hunters prefer shotguns. According to state game department statistics, 93 percent of turkeys taken in the last three years were by shotgun and 6.6 percent were by rifle.

Rifle opponents object to a weapon that destroys the turkey so there's nothing left to eat. They also say rifles are too dangerous and hunters hit by rifle fire are much more likely to die than those hit by shotgun fire.


Anyone with information on Stack's death is asked to called the game department's Wildlife Crime Line, (800) 237-5712, or e-mail wildcrime@dgif.state.va.us.

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VA Hunter
05-18-2003, 03:25 PM
That sucks. I hope the killer is found whether it's an accident or not. Thanks for the info.

Thanks,
Buddy