A 25-year old Starksboro man has been charged with taking a
moose in closed season by Vermont State Game Wardens.
Vermont State Game Warden Robert Currier and State Game Warden
Sgt. George Scribner responded on Oct. 5 to a report of a moose
found dead on Guthrie Road in Lincoln, Vt. The wardens
determined the moose had been illegally shot.
Vermont's firearms moose hunting season was October 20-25 this
Further investigation revealed that Shaun E. Rublee of
Starksboro was involved in killing the moose.
Wardens and VT State Police executed a search warrant on
Rublee's residence. Wardens seized eight bags of moose meat,
moose antlers, several tools used to butcher the moose, a rifle,
and several rounds of .32 caliber ammunition. Rublee was then
charged with taking a moose in closed season.
Rublee is subject to fines and restitution totaling up to $2,500
and faces up to 60 days in jail or both. Rublee is also facing
the loss of his privileges to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for
You can help protect Vermont's fish and wildlife resources by
reporting poaching violations to a State Game Warden or anonymously
through Operation Game Thief (OGT). Operation Game Thief, a
non-profit joint project of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's
Clubs and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, pays rewards
to citizens who turn in poachers. Callers do not have to reveal
their names, testify in court or sign a deposition. Rewards
are paid if an arrest is made or if a citation is issued.
The toll-free OGT phone is 1-800- 75ALERT
(1-800-752-5378). Reports also can be made on Fish &
Wildlife's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).