Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 16, 2012

Day in the woods leads to a day in court

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Three hunters were the ones facing down the barrel of a rifle after they pressed a homeowner on who took their tree stands.

The incident began unfolding when the outdoorsmen returned to a site where they had erected four tree stands only to find two were missing. A pair of fake antlers had been left in their place.

The men “received information” that the stands had been taken to a nearby home. Later when they approached the house, according to the hunters, a man came outside on the porch carrying what appeared to be an automatic rifle with a scope on it. The trio alleged that the man pointed the gun at them, cocked it and threatened to kill them if they didn’t get off his property.

Sheriff's deputies were called to settle the dispute. They contacted the landowner where the tree stands had been erected and he said he had not given the three hunters permission to hunt on his property.

Authorities charged the three men with trespassing. The man who took down the tree stands and confronted the hunters was cited on three charges of menacing.

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Details for this story were provided by the Lockport (N.Y.) Union-Sun and Journal.

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