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Father, son lose car, guns for illegally hunting deer in Mercer County
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By Rachel Warmke, [email protected]
A father and son who illegally hunted a deer in November pleaded guilty Tuesday to a host of misdemeanor charges in Mercer County Circuit Court and were ordered to forfeit their vehicle, rifles and other hunting equipment.

Spencer W. Fisher, 36, of Bettendorf, and his son, Christian S. Kinsey, 20, of Cashiers, N.C., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of deer hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, deer hunting after hours, unlawfully taking a deer with an illegal method - rifle and deer hunting from a roadway.

Mr. Fisher also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts ofunlawful possession of an illegally protected species (deer)and deer hunting using bait. Mr. Kinsey also pleaded guilty to deer hunting without a valid permit.

Mr. Fisher was fined $3,602 and Mr. Kinsey was fined $2,749.

Police also seized a 2004 Infiniti, high-powered rifles and other hunting equipment valued at $11,000, said Sgt. Laura Petreikis of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The charges stem from a November hunting incident allegedly involving Mr. Fisher, his wife, Emily D. Fisher, 32, of Bettendorf, and Mr. Fisher's son.

The three killed a 10-point buck in rural New Boston, taking the backstrap and head off the animal but hiding the remainder of the carcass in a creek bottom, said Sgt. Petreikis.

She said the family then went "road hunting" between New Boston and Joy -- a "dangerous" practice in which they fired guns out the windows of their vehicle as they drove along the roadway.The vehicle eventually was stopped by a Mercer County Sheriff's deputy who found the family wearing hunting gear and discovered loaded firearms in the vehicle.

Mrs. Fisher faces four misdemeanor counts of falsification to obtain residential hunting licenses and permits in Rock Island County Circuit Court. She has an April 10 pretrial conference scheduled.

Conservation police from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources investigated the case.
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