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DNR nabs deer Shiners

Two men from outside St. Croix County are charged in court in Hudson with illegally shining deer last fall.

DNR wardens charges Kris J. Quarderer, 32, Eau Claire, made an initial appearance last Tuesday and pleaded innocent to illegally shinning deer.

Ray C. Stuart, 30, Ridgeland, also pleaded innocent Feb. 26 to charges of shining deer illegally and hunting without a license.

The two were charged after game warden Rick Rosen followed up on a "DNR hotline" complaint that a deer had been shined and shot near a town of Forest man's property early in the morning of Oct. 21.

The man who called in the complaint later found a 9-point buck that had been killed about 100 yards of a roadway near his home.

The investigation led to Quarderer and Stuart. Bows, guns and other equipment used in shining deer were seized from Stuart's vehicle as well as an untagged, 13-point set of deer antlers.

Penalties for conviction of illegally shining deer include a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000 and/or six months in jail.

A search of court records in Dunn County revealed Stuart also faces a charge of failure to attach an ear tag to a deer carcass and is scheduled for a court appearance this month.

Stuart and Quarderer each posted $1,000 signature bonds and were scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference April 10.