Farmington duck shooter suspects turn themselves in

May 3 2014 - 3:51pm

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FARMINGTON -- The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have found the culprits of an attempted duck poaching that took place in Farmington last week.

On April 24, a witness reported seeing two males who looked to be between the ages of 16 and 20 years old firing either pellet guns or BB guns from a car, Bubak said.

The car was described as a silver Honda Civic hatchback, model year between 1993 and 1996 with dark, tinted window, a Nitros Circus sticker in the back window and a front passenger side bumper that was nearly detached from the car.

DWR Conservation Officer Wyatt Bubak said two men, both in their early 20s, turned themselves in Friday after seeing a description of their car on social media sites and several news media outlets.

"We were able to get a really good description of the car and get the word out that we were looking for it," Bubak said. "Once they found out we were looking for their car, which was pretty unique, they thought it was a good idea to come and turn themselves in. They started getting phone calls from friends asking why their car was all over the news."

Bubak said the two men did not actually kill any ducks, so they were not charged with a crime.

"This was a teaching moment for sure," Bubak said. "We kind of explained some things to them (about poaching) and the embarrassment of the whole thing is probably punishment enough."

Duck hunting season began in September and ended in January.

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