On September 6, 2013 Curtis Dwayne SPENCE of the Interlake Region of Manitoba received default convictions on 3 violations of the Wildlife Act. Spence became of interest to Natural Resource Officers during the late fall of 2012. Photographs of a large white tail deer buck attributed to Dwayne Spence were appearing on the internet. This deer was being described as having been taken by “fair chase rules” which would qualify it for provincial and possibly Boone and Crockett record books. Under the context of fair chase rules, this buck was apparently entered into “Big Buck” competitions.
Information came in suggesting that Curtis Spence had actually poached this big deer. The investigating officer was able to determine that this deer had been shot in Hecla Provincial Park; an area where hunting of deer is prohibited. The investigation also showed that Dwayne Spence shot the deer from a vehicle.
Dwayne Spence received fines totalling approximately $2600. The antlers were not located during the investigation. It is believed that they are still in someone’s possession. If anyone has information related to the whereabouts of these antlers, please contact the Natural Resource Officer in Riverton, MB at 204-378-2261 or the TIP Line at 1-800-782-0076.