Two Warren County Deputies are facing hunting charges. They are two out of the three men who resigned from the Warren County Sheriff's Office. They resigned because of an alleged hunting incident in Front Royal's town limits.
Folks in the town have mixed feelings about the deputies. Some folks think it's a shame that three people don't have jobs because of the incident. At the same time, they say the officers broke the law and with that comes consequences. Tom Sayre is one of those people.
"I feel bad for these three deputies. It's a shame that they would have to ruin their career and resign over this," says Tom Sayre. He lives in Front Royal and works on the town council.
"Where I live in the town limits of Front Royal, we have so many deer. I have friends that have been complaining to me about the number of deer in Front Royal. It's hard for me, personally, to be upset with them for hunting in the town limits."
If you want to hunt in the town, you have to follow strict guidelines, and you can't use guns. You have to use a bow and arrow.
"You have to be approved by the town or authorized by the town to use that archery equipment," says
Captain K.C. Clarke. He works for The Virginia Conservation Police. He says Front Royal enforces the regulations. If the town turns an investigation over to The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, then The Virginia Conservation Police investigate and place charges.
Brad Pugh is facing hunting without a game license, attempting to take the game illegally, and throwing the animal carcass away. Michael Robinson is charged with hunting illegally.
Captain Clarke says a gun was used to a kill the deer in this situation, but they won't be making charges for that offense.
"It's not hard to follow these regulations. I think you have a responsibility as a hunter to review these regulations. When you go into the field, know the regulations and what to abide by."