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Environmental Cops Bust Connecticut Man for Drunken Archery Hunting

A semi-automatic handgun and a holster are displayed at a North Little Rock, Ark. , gun shop Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (AP)

A Connecticut deer hunter is facing a slew of charges after environmental officers busted him for allegedly drinking while hunting with a handgun and crossbow.

Officers with the State Environmental Conservation Police were checking an area in the Charter March Sanctuary where they had previously found a tree stand baited with apples and corn. Connecticut law prohibits baiting for deer because it's considered poaching. This led police to Darin C. Hanna, 48, of Tolland, Conn., The Hartford Courant reported.


According to the newspaper, Hanna was archery hunting, carrying a crossbow and a loaded handgun. State law prohibits possessing a handgun when archery hunting, police said. Officers also said he didn't have a permit.

Connecticut State Police assisted the conservation officers in the arrest, after which he was charged “with hunting deer over bait, possession of a firearm while archery hunting for deer, hunting under the influence, possession of a firearm while under the influence, and carrying a handgun without a permit,” the Courant reported.

Hanna was released on $10,000 bail. His court date is set for Nov. 14.


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