With the proliferation of today’s multi-functional and highly sophisticated remote trail cameras used for game tracking and scouting, it’s no surprise that recorded images from the woodland devices are increasingly being used as evidence in criminal cases—including those involving alleged poaching activities.
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers recently arrested a Sussex County man on multiple charges, culminating an investigation into illegal deer hunting that was prompted by trail camera footage of a man hunting with a rifle on private property during archery season in December 2014.
The owner, not identified by authorities, took the camera down after deer season ended and was reviewing its recordings when he saw video of the illegal hunter and alerted the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement’s Natural Resources Police, Cpl. John McDerby, according to the Delmarva Daily Times.
“The footage was date and time stamped, so we knew when it was,” McDerby said.
Wildlife enforcement officers began their investigation with the Dec. 4 video and later identified the hunter as David M. Naumann, 42, of Georgetown.
Naumann was arrested March 31, 2015, and charged with hunting deer during a closed season, trespassing to hunt, failure to tag antlerless deer, failure to display required hunter orange, removing antlerless deer parts prior to checking, failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours, failure to retain tag with antlerless deer, possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer and unlawfully taking an antlerless deer during archery season using a weapon other than bow and arrow or crossbow.
Naumann subsequently pleaded guilty to six of the nine charges in Justice of the Peace Court in Georgetown. In addition to being banned from hunting for 2 years, his fines totaled $1,113.