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Deputies patrolling rural southeastern Hillsborough County keep an eye out for poachers.
Dalton W. Gant
25 Orange Street
- Armed Trespassing on Private Property
On Friday, October 25, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies Dean Cary and Roy Johnson assigned to the Hillsborough County Parks Unit were patrolling in the area of Bethlehem Road and Albritton Road in rural southeastern Hillsborough County, due to a persistent problem of individuals poaching deer in that area.
While searching a wooded area, they discovered a pick-up truck hidden in a secluded area matching the description of one known to be used by poachers who frequent the area.
The pick-up truck was unoccupied but clearly had been recently driven and appeared to contain equipment used by a hunter, as well as remnants of what could have been recently killed animals.
Deputies Cary and Johnson acted swiftly and called for additional help including HCSO aviation and K-9 assets. Additionally, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers were requested, and responded to the scene as well.
A short time later, deputies located Dalton Gant and he was arrested and charged with felony armed trespassing.
FWC officers cited Gant for taking and possessing game out of season and attempting to take game out of season. Several weapons were confiscated as well as the carcass of a skinned dear.
The investigation continues.