With hunting season ending, news about illegal poaching is starting to surface. The Pioneer Press recently ran an article about a Cannon Falls man charged with poaching a white-tailed buck. This buck was a trophy buck with the largest set of eight point antlers ever recorded.
According to reports, Troy Alan Reinke age 32 of Cannon Falls, claimed that he killed three deer within weeks of each other. One was a smaller buck he shot with a bow and arrow. He claims that he couldn’t find the buck until the next day, but took the antlers and meat. The other was a small doe that he took the meat and the third was a trophy buck that he did tag with his license and registered in Cannon Falls. Unfortunately, he possessed only one license and no bonus tags.
The trophy buck’s antlers are considered the biggest eight-pointer ever shot. It has extremely large mass and is very symmetrical. The Department of National Resources (DNR) has confiscated the deer and antlers and officially scored the antlers. The eight-point gross score was 190 5/8 inches on the Boone & Crockett scale, with a net score of 185 inches. DNR officials say the biggest eight-pointer ever shot was a Michigan deer with a score of 180.
As a result, Reinke is a poacher who hunted illegally. He is no stranger to law enforcement. He has previous convictions for domestic assault, theft and fishing with too many fishing lines. He has served 120 days in jail recently for his second domestic assault charge.
With this illegal poaching, he is charged with thirteen counts of illegally taking deer. If convicted he faces $19,000 in fines, up to a year in jail and revocation of his hunting license. This is one of Minnesota’s highest profile cases in recent years.