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Five arrested for poaching

CORNWALL — Five men from southeastern Connecticut were arrested in Cornwall on Nov. 16 after state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police discovered them illegally hunting for deer on private land without the owner’s permission.The men were also in violation of hunting regulations, including using rifles that are illegal to possess or use for hunting in the state.Randy P. Harris, 30, of Mystic, Conn., Gregory Dubrule, 60, of Groton, Conn., Ryan Dubrule, 28, of Groton, Michael Wagner, 25, of Gales Ferry, Conn., and Stephen Hickey, 47, of Groton were all charged with deer hunting without written consent of the property owner and failure to wear a minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange.EnCon officers were on routine patrol on the opening day of firearms deer season when they apprehended the men. They were reportedly staying in a hunting cabin. Wagner was found to be in possession of an AR-15-style rifle in a caliber not legal for deer hunting here. Also found in the cabin was a .22 caliber rifle with an illegal homemade silencer. Six rifles were seized in all.Harris, Wagner and Hickey were also charged with illegal deer hunting. Each of the charges carries a possible penalty of a $200 to $500 fine and/or imprisonment. All five were released on bond and are to appear in Bantam Superior Court in Bantam Dec. 5

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