An Upstate New York man was charged after he admitted to shooting a fake animal.

On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement released another Environmental Conservation Police on Patrol.

This week's report featured a mysterious "hand" that was discovered and a hunter who was charged with shooting a fake turkey.

Decoy Turkey Shot In Delaware County


On May 5, a person hunting turkey hunting in the Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the town of Walton observed a subject drive down the road. The driver mistook the hunter's turkey decoys for real turkeys and discharged a 12-guage shotgun round from his vehicle, officials say.

The hunter quickly fled the scene after releasing he shot a fake turkey, according to the DEC.

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The hunter who spotted the other hunter shooting at the fake turkey quickly called the DEC with a description of the vehicle.


For days officer tried to find the vehicle.

Days later a vehicle matching the description and traveling in the same area where the shooting occurred was spotted by the DEC officer.

The driver denied to the DEC officer that he shot the decoy turkey, despite having a 12-guage shotgun and other evidence in his vehicle, officials.

Officer Osbourne left the residence but returned to interview the man again.

Admits To Shooting Decoy Turkey In Upstate New York


"This time, the subject admitted to shooting from his vehicle at what he believed to be a real turkey," the DEC stated.

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The man was ticketed for possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, returnable to the Town of Walton Court.

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