On November 18, a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officer saw two hunters dragging two deer to a pickup on Route 120 in Virgil.
The officer says he was told the two would tag the deer when they got to their truck.
The officer had the hunters show where they took the deer: A nearby valley with a deer blind and a half-eaten salt block.
The hunters were ticketed for the salt block, hunting with bait, illegal taking of deer and failure to fill out a carcass tag immediately.
The tickets are to be answered in Virgil Town Court.
On November 19, the DEC responded when someone called 911 about shots fired from a road in Cincinnatus.
Cortland County Sheriff’s deputies also responded and stopped a pickup truck with a deer in the back.
The driver, (name not provided) claimed he shot the deer somewhere else.
An En-Con officer investigated and called in a K-9 officer, Phoenix, who quickly located four spent shells on the gravel road.
The shells matched some in the gun.
The hunter was ticketed for shooting over and taking wildlife from a public roadway, the loaded gun in a vehicle, and illegally taking a deer.
The tickets are returnable to Cincinnatus Town Court.
The 8-point buck went to the State Venison Donation Program.