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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a bizarre poaching case in the Platteville area.

Officials are investigating whether more than a dozen deer found at a town of Harrison home were hunted illegally. 

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, a poaching complaint was filed on Monday. Deputies located the suspect, Aaron Gregory, driving his vehicle. When authorities attempted to pull the vehicle over Gregory fled, leading deputies on a high-speed chase up to 95 miles an hour. 

Authorities say they abandoned the chase for safety reasons, but soon found the vehicle had lost control and was discovered in a ditch on Stumptown Road. Gregory then drove straight at the squad cars, attempted to get around them but ended up hitting the front driver's side of one of the cars. The deputy was not hurt but the squad car was damaged.

Another short pursuit began but was again called off. Authorities then went to Gregory's house in the town of Harrison where they found the vehicle involved in the chase along with Gregory. 

He was arrested and appeared in Grant County court Wednesday afternoon. He's charged with felony eluding officers, misdemeanor hit and run and speeding along with possible charges from the DNR.

A search of Gregory's home turned up 14 deer carcasses on the property and inside the house. Five of the deer were seized by DNR Conservation Warden Rick DeWitte, along with two firearms.

"Several deer were observed at this location in various stages, some were whole some were parts," says DeWitte. "We're looking into the legality of each of those deer and how they played into this whole complaint that was originally called into the sheriff's department."
 
DeWitte says it's a lot of deer, but expects other people may have been involved with Gregory as well and if that's confirmed other suspects may face charges too.
 
Right now, it's bow hunting season in Wisconsin. Any deer were killed with guns would be harvested illegally and DeWitte says it appeared at least some of the 14 were shot but there were also some amount of tags.
 
Each illegal kill could come with a $2,000 fine.
 
DeWitte says wardens statewide have actually seen fewer hunting violations in recent years and attribute much of that to the community reporting problems they see, like in this case. A neighbor called in the complaint.
 
"The natural resources in Wisconsin belong to everyone and everybody," says DeWitte. "When somebody goes out and illegally harvests deer or other wildlife outside of the season or takes more than their fair share of the limit, it deprives other folks of that same opportunity to get those same kind of animals."
 
DeWitte encourages everyone to follow the DNR's hunting regulations and report any violations to authorities.
 
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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- A suspect who led authorities on a high speed chase is accused of deer poaching.

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, a poaching complaint was filed on Monday. Deputies located the suspect, Aaron Gregory, driving his vehicle. When authorities attempted to pull the vehicle over, Gregory fled, leading deputies on a high-speed chase up to 95 miles an hour. 

Authorities say they abandoned the chase for safety reasons, but soon found the vehicle had lost control and was discovered in a ditch on Stumptown Road. Gregory then drove straight at the squad cars, attempted to get around them but ended up hitting the front driver's side of one of the cars. The deputy was not hurt but the squad car was damaged.

Another short pursuit began but it was called off for safety reasons. 

Authorities then went to Gregory's house in the town of Harrison where they found the vehicle involved in the chase along with Gregory.  

A search of his home turned up 14 deer carcasses on the property and inside the house. Five of the deer were seized by Department of Natural Resources investigators, along with two firearms.

Gregory is in custody at the Grant County Jail. He faces charges of eluding, hit and run, speeding and multiple DNR violations.

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