Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Was record Cannon Falls 8-pointer shot with gun?

Red Wing, Minn. – The 8-point Goodhue County buck, allegedly
poached by 32-year-old Troy A. Reinke, of Cannon Falls, just may
have been shot with a rifle rather than a bow, as Reinke initially
told DNR Enforcement investigators.

The cape of the buck – thought to have been illegally taken the
evening of Oct. 31 – was found to contain lead fragments, Goodhue
County Assistant Attorney David Grove said on Tuesday. The buck’s
antlers had a gross score of 1905⁄8, which would have made it a
Boone and Crocket Club world-record 8-point rack.

Grove said the new information could lead to amended charges
Reinke faces, or perhaps result in additional charges. The fact
that a rifle rather than a bow was used in the case “may” affect
charges, he said. The firearms season wasn’t open when the buck
allegedly was killed.

Reinke originally was charged with 13 counts – from gross
overlimits to tagging violations to illegal transport of game
animals – following an investigation by the DNR.

DNR conservation officers said Reinke confessed to taking three
white-tailed deer during the archery season and while using archery
equipment. The first deer, according to Maj. Rod Smith, DNR
Enforcement operations manager, was a small doe, the second a small
8-point buck; both were taken in early October. Smith said Reinke
told officers he didn’t tag or register either deer, and processed
them at his home.

“He did tag the trophy buck and registered it in Cannon Falls,”
Smith said.

(Because the first deer wasn’t legally tagged, all three are
considered taken illegally, according to the county attorney.)

During the investigation, officers seized hunting equipment, as
well as the frozen cape of the large 8-pointer.

Because of TIP calls received by the DNR, the cape was thawed
and inspected, during which time investigators found lead
fragments, according to Grove.

With this revelation came other changes.

“Given the evidence, a change in (Reinke’s story to
investigators) was inevitable,” Grove said. He said charges would
be finalized once an ongoing investigation is complete, adding
that, “We could go forward with what we have.”

Reinke could face fines and restitution totaling in the
thousands of dollars, officials said. He also could have his
hunting and fishing privileges suspended.

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