Three Carroll County men were charged with hunting illegally after a freshly killed deer was found in their pickup truck Saturday, Natural Resources Police said.
Stephen Stone, 21, of the 4400 block of Hanover Pike, Manchester; his roommate, Keith Robert Klunk, 22; and Kelly William Seal 3rd, of Back Woods Road, Westminster, were charged with jacklighting, possession of a deer during closed season and carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle.
If convicted, each could receive a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
They could lose hunting privileges for up to five years, said an official of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Jacklighting is spotlighting on fields, woodlands and wild animals combined with the use of a weapon capable of killing a deer.
Natural Resources Police said the men were arrested on Bixler Church Road near Bachman Valley Road about 9 p.m. Saturday, after the trio was observed spotlighting for deer.
When their pickup truck was stopped, a freshly killed deer, two rifles and an illegal spotlight were found in the rear. One of the men had blood-stains on his clothing and the deer's body was still warm, Natural Resources officers said.
Two Carroll County men were arrested Oct. 28 and charged with spotlighting near the county landfill on Hoods Mill Road.
Natural Resources Police officers used a helicopter equipped with forward-looking infrared radar to monitor illegal hunting activities in the October arrest.
In recent weeks, a Natural Resources Police helicopter has assisted in the arrest of 20 illegal hunters, officials said.