Miami man arrested for illegally killing enormous buck
MCSO TRACKED MIAMI MAN WHO ILLEGALLY KILLED A POTENTIAL RECORD CLASS 23-POINT BUCK ON STATE PROPERTY IN MARTIN COUNTY
Martin County, Fl- MCSO Sergeant Kevin Kryzda noticed a dark truck parked in a wooded area near a construction site off of Citrus Boulevard. Sergeant Kryzda could see the driver using a spotlight to illuminate a deer. As the Sergeant approached, the truck sped off. Sergeant Kryzda notified Deputy Jason Slay who was near-by, Air 1, and an agricultural detective for assistance. A short time later, Deputy Slay spotted Palacio’s truck as he attempted to leave the area. After Palacio saw the deputy, he pulled over. Around the same time, AIR1 spotted a large antlered deer carcass in the wooded area where the truck was originally spotted. Deputies determined that the buck was recently shot by what appeared to be a high caliber rifle. Inside Palacio’s truck deputies found hunting gear to include a bow, arrows, a spotlight, and a single spent shell casing from a .30-06 caliber rifle, but no rifle. With the assistance of FWC, and use of their specially trained K-9, investigators located a .30-06 rifle in the area where Palacio was seen.
Mario Enrique Palacio was arrested and charged with Trespass on a Construction Site, and Trespass by Lethal Projectile. Both are felony charges. FWC is also investigating and Palacio is likely to face additional state charges.
The carcass of the buck is being properly processed and documented as evidence for prosecutorial purposes. The deer meat has been donated to a local facility. A preliminary and unofficial scoring has the deer measured at 205-7/8 inches. An official Boone and Crockett Club Scoring Professional is scheduled to assess this impressive deer to see where it fits into the state record class.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Deputies along with zone deputies in Indiantown will continue their proactive patrols and remain monitoring the local whitetail herd.