5 teens charged after more than 2 dozen dead deer found in Edgecombe Co.

PINETOPS, N.C. (WNCN) – Five teens have been charged after more than two dozen dead deer where discovered in Edgecombe County early Sunday morning.

Lt. Sam Craft, with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said the incident happened Sunday between 3 and 4 a.m.

Craft said five teens were issued citations.

James Chadwick Jr. Bowen, 17, was charged with exceeding the season limit of bucks for that particular season.

Dylan Matthew Casper, 16, was charged with night deer hunting.

Thomas Lee Ayers, 18, was charged with unlawful possession and Christopher Jason Jernigan, 18, was charged with night deer hunting.

Timothy Austin Stamatis, 19, was charged with unlawful possession.

If convicted on the misdemeanor charges, each teen faces a $500 penalty and the cost to replace the deer. The replacement costs set forth by the North Carolina Administrative Code for a white-tail deer is $602.

The teens could also lose their hunting license for two years.

Deer hunting season ended Jan. 1.

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