Maryland Natural Resources Police have arrested four men from Howard County and two from Carroll County who are suspected of illegally hunting deer Thursday night and early Friday.
Officers in a helicopter equipped with infrared radar and police on the ground cited four men for alleged jacklighting and two for alleged spotlighting.
Two of the Howard County residents, Michael Edward Bell Jr., 20, and his brother, Edward Earl Bell, 23, of West Friendship, were apprehended on Route 99 near Woodstock about 11 p.m.
They were charged with jacklighting and possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle. The possession count carries a maximum penalty of $1,500.
Spotlighting, which carries a maximum fine of $1,500 and possible five-year suspension of a hunting license, is shining a light on a field or woodland to immobilize an animal and make it an easy target.
Jacklighting carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment, plus loss of hunting privileges for up to five years. Jacklighting is spotlighting and carrying a weapon capable of killing deer.
About 1 a.m. on Friday, Natural Resources Police patrols arrested Robert Lee Hubbard, 29, and Willard O. Whitehair Jr., 28, both of Woodbine, as they allegedly engaged in jacklighting on Pfefferkorn Road near Route 32. Both were charged with jacklighting.
Officers said they confiscated Mr. Whitehair's Remington rifle and spotlight.
All four Howard residents are scheduled to appear in District Court in Ellicott City Dec. 16.
Charles Abraham Carter, 20, and Dennis Wayne Brosenne, 19, both of Sykesville, were arrested about 9:30 p.m. near the county landfill on Hoods Mill Road, police reported.
Both were charged with spotlighting and are to appear in District Court in Westminster Dec. 15.
Nine men were arrested in Harford County Oct. 23 on spotlighting or jacklighting charges.