Maryland Men Face Charges for Illegally Hunting, Killing Rare Albino Deer

by Halle Ames

The Department of Natural Resources has been investigating the illegal killing of an antlerless albino deer by three Maryland men.

After reports of numerous deer being illegally killed in the Blakeslee area in November and December, Natural Resources Police began to look into the situation.

On December 3, community members alerted police of another shot deer, however, unlike the others. This deer was a rare antlerless albino deer.

Officials identified three men who admitted to being involved in the killings. They are 18-year-old Jeremy Hoalcraft of Oakland, 29-year-old David Georg of Swanton, and 22-year-old Jordan Dawson of Deer Park.

According to police, the men drove to Blakeslee, where they began to hunt for the animals. They spotted the albino deer, along with more antlerless deer in a private field. The youngest man, Jeremy Hoalcraft, then got out his rifle to shoot the rare animal from the backseat of the car. The shot killed the deer after it ran a few feet.

Next, Hoalcraft passed the weapon to Jordan Dawson, who took the gun and shot at another deer in the field.

The three men quickly drove away and left the deer in the field and were planning on coming back later that night. The men never returned to claim their illegal kills.

The Three Maryland Men Face Extensive Charges

It came to the police’s attention that some of the men have prior run-ins with the law.

Jordan Dawson has a suspended and revoked driver’s license. He is also prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to previous criminal convictions. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he faces charges up to $10,500 in fines.

He is being charged with hunting antlerless deer during a closed season, hunting from a vehicle, loaded weapon in a vehicle, and hunting without written permission. Dawson also faces charges due to driving without a license, driving while suspended, driving while revoked, possession of a rifle after conviction of a disqualifying crime, and illegal possession of ammunition. He will appear in court at an undecided date.

In addition, Jeremy Hoalcraft was in possession of deer body parts from an unrelated hunt. Hoalcraft did not report the parts to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which is a illegal. He faces up to $7,500 in fines.

Hoalcraft is faces crimes of hunting antlerless deer during a closed season, and hunting from a vehicle. He also faces possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle, hunting without written permission, and the removal of deer parts prior to reporting the harvest to the Department.

Finally, David Georg is facing charges of aiding and abetting hunting deer during a closed season, aiding and abetting hunting from a vehicle, and hunting without written permission. He faces up to $4,500 in fines.

[H/T Maryland Department of Natural Resources]