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March 06, 2012

NJ Man Arrested for "Hunting" Geese, Drunk, with Mini Crossbow

By Chad Love

If your goose hunting gear checklist includes any (or all) of the following: a crossbow, a switchblade, a ten-inch Rambo-looking knife, a boot knife, and of course, alcohol, then you may want to double check your state hunting regulations (and season dates), or you may end up like this guy.

From this story on northjersey.com:

Police arrested a New Milford man on several weapons charges after a witness told police he was seen hunting geese with a crossbow near the Dorchester apartments. John Hall, 49, of New Milford was arrested yesterday by officers and charged with three counts of weapons possession, possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct. He was released on $20,000 bail, with 10 percent allowed.

New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro said officers were sent to the Dorchester apartments around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, after a report was received that a man was seen hunting geese with a crossbow in the area of the apartment complex. Lt. John O'Malley and Officers John Moroney and Kevin Van Saders arrived in the area and saw a man carrying a yellow duffle bag.

The officers stopped the man, identified as Hall, and began speaking with him, police said. While conducting an interview, officers reported detecting an odor of alcohol on his breath, said Papapietro. "He was asked to place his duffle bag on the ground, at which time officers observed a large knife handle protruding from his waistband," Papapietro said. At that time, police secured Hall and a search of his person led to the recovery of one 10-inch knife, one four-inch switchblade in his front pocket and a four-inch knife in his boot, the chief said. Officers also searched his duffle bag and found two mini-crossbows - one of which was loaded - and 60 six-inch arrows, said Papapietro.

Of course, they do things a little differently in Jersey, and this may be a completely normal hunting method for the Garden State--maybe some Jersey boys could shed some light on things...

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

First, no, this wasn't me having a weird weekend under an alias. Second…don't think of this guy as an NJ hunter who got drunk and broke the rules. I'd wager he's more of the kind of guy who grabbed a six-pack and hit the flea market, bought a some cheap knives (that's a gravity knife, not a switchblade as the reporter writes) and two $20 crossbow pistols and wanted to see if he could nail one of the many geese that take up temporary residence around housing developments, retention ponds and pretty much anywhere with a little open grass this time of year. Maybe he’s suffering from a little PTSD from an especially vicious goose attack…hence all the blades. --DM

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Aw, c'mon, he was probably just trying to spice up his dying MTV reality show!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

...does look like some fun equipment, though...

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What? No poaching related charges?

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from NYHunter87 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I live in the town next to New Milford, and let me tell you, after living in NJ my whole life, absolutely nothing surprises me. I have to agree with Dave Maccar though; there's no way this clown is an actual hunter, just a wacko with one heck of an arsenal.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Maybe he was hunting ZOMBIE geese. This looks to be a low rent zombie killer.

Seriously; No mention of hunting or geese in the charges, probably because he wasn't hunting, just messing with his tools, 'er toys. Which is the prohibited weapon; the Rambo knife, the cross bows, boot knife or gravity feed knife?

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Re: RockySquirrel - Well, it seems he was arrested by regular police officers, not wildlife officers, so they probably wouldn't even know what to charge him with if he didn't actually take a shot at a goose. They might have asked him what he was doing with all that stuff, he said, "hunting those geese over there" and it made it into the police report. The weapons charges were plenty. All those items are prohibited if you're carrying them concealed. The boot knife and grav knife are no-nos no matter what. Police in NJ are generally displeased when you have any type of knife that's more than a 3-inch blade folder.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Carrying a loaded crossbow in a bag? I would think that might make the breach of concealed weapons offense list. Playing with dangerous toys like that in a housing area is nuts for sure. No doubt a whole lot of geese need killing in that area (like almost everywhere else) but I'd prefer someone with a bit more sanity and lot less paranoia took on the job.

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from jr9893 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I have to agree with Dave on this one. that stuff is probably pretty cheap. Might make for a fun day on therange if you want to try something a little different

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

First, no, this wasn't me having a weird weekend under an alias. Second…don't think of this guy as an NJ hunter who got drunk and broke the rules. I'd wager he's more of the kind of guy who grabbed a six-pack and hit the flea market, bought a some cheap knives (that's a gravity knife, not a switchblade as the reporter writes) and two $20 crossbow pistols and wanted to see if he could nail one of the many geese that take up temporary residence around housing developments, retention ponds and pretty much anywhere with a little open grass this time of year. Maybe he’s suffering from a little PTSD from an especially vicious goose attack…hence all the blades. --DM

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Aw, c'mon, he was probably just trying to spice up his dying MTV reality show!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

...does look like some fun equipment, though...

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What? No poaching related charges?

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from NYHunter87 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I live in the town next to New Milford, and let me tell you, after living in NJ my whole life, absolutely nothing surprises me. I have to agree with Dave Maccar though; there's no way this clown is an actual hunter, just a wacko with one heck of an arsenal.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Maybe he was hunting ZOMBIE geese. This looks to be a low rent zombie killer.

Seriously; No mention of hunting or geese in the charges, probably because he wasn't hunting, just messing with his tools, 'er toys. Which is the prohibited weapon; the Rambo knife, the cross bows, boot knife or gravity feed knife?

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Re: RockySquirrel - Well, it seems he was arrested by regular police officers, not wildlife officers, so they probably wouldn't even know what to charge him with if he didn't actually take a shot at a goose. They might have asked him what he was doing with all that stuff, he said, "hunting those geese over there" and it made it into the police report. The weapons charges were plenty. All those items are prohibited if you're carrying them concealed. The boot knife and grav knife are no-nos no matter what. Police in NJ are generally displeased when you have any type of knife that's more than a 3-inch blade folder.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Carrying a loaded crossbow in a bag? I would think that might make the breach of concealed weapons offense list. Playing with dangerous toys like that in a housing area is nuts for sure. No doubt a whole lot of geese need killing in that area (like almost everywhere else) but I'd prefer someone with a bit more sanity and lot less paranoia took on the job.

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from jr9893 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I have to agree with Dave on this one. that stuff is probably pretty cheap. Might make for a fun day on therange if you want to try something a little different

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