Expecting just a slap on the wrist if you get caught poaching?
Michael Warren Parramore of Cartersville was recently sentenced to four years in jail --- one for illegally hunting and three for drug possession. Parramore, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of firearms, hunting from a public roadway, hunting from a motor vehicle, 14 counts of possessing illegal wildlife and possession of methamphetamine. Conservation ranger Sam O'Neal was the lead investigator on the case.
"This sentence sends a strong message to poachers out there," said Wildlife Resources Division Law Enforcement Col. Ron Bailey. "A poacher is a thief who steals wildlife that belongs to all Georgians and the division will not tolerate illegal hunting activities by anyone."
Parramore also must pay a $2,000 fine, forfeit his firearms to the state, and write an essay explaining why he had 14 fresh deer heads at his house. The state limit is eight deer, only two of which can be antlered.
To report a poacher, call the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-241-4113.