Turkey shot on private property, landowner calls cops 

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:24AM

Kris Stenberg was in her house on Pleasant Road in Antrim on Friday morning when she noticed three turkeys in the field outside of her home.

She said there were two males and a female. The males had their chests puffed out real big, and they were moving around each other. They were doing a courtship dance, and it was beautiful, she said.

“All I could think of was that song, ‘Shake ya Tailfeather,’” Stenberg said.

Stenberg was watching the ritual from her window when she spotted a truck parked on a nearby road.

“I thought, ‘Isn’t that sweet,’” Stenberg said of the person who she thought had stopped to watch.

Not long after, she realized the person in the truck was there with the intent to shoot one of the birds. In a frenzy, she called 911.

“I said, ‘I think this guy is going to shoot a turkey,’” Stenberg said, which she thought was illegal because the birds were on her property.

No sooner had she peaked out of her house to grab the license-plate number then she heard a cannon-like “boom,” and then the smell of sulfur.

“I was livid,” she said.

Stenberg said she thought it was the person in the truck who had fired the gun, but later found out there were two men hiding in a patch of trees on her neighbor’s property about 2 acres away who had popped off the shot.

She said she noticed the two after they had retrieved the bird and were moving off the property.

Antrim Police Department and NH Fish and Game responded to the call. They were dispatched to the area around 11:30 a.m.

Lt. David Walsh, who is with the state’s Fish and Game in District 4, said the department was also called to the scene.

“Someone thought it was illegal activity,” Walsh said on Tuesday.

He said officers caught up with the suspects in Dublin, but that the individuals had not broken any laws, and therefore were not arrested.

Walsh said people are free to hunt on private land in New Hampshire unless it is otherwise posted, and at least 300 feet from housing units. “No Hunting and No Trespassing” signs need to be posted every 100 yards on a piece of property in order for such activity to be considered illegal.

This incident did not meet any of those criteria.

Stenberg said she wasn’t aware of the law.

“I’m so furious,” Stenberg said. “I want people to know what the laws are because we all think because we own this land, but people can trespass.”

“North Woods Law: New Hampshire,” which features conservation officers in the state, was following the district’s fish and game officers around on Friday when the incident happened. Stenberg said she was interviewed for the show after it happened. The clip may be aired on Animal Planet in the fall.

“They follow different crews around and highlight the job,” Walsh said of the series that has aired one season, consisting of six episodes.

He said last year a camera crew followed officers from their district around for several months, and they plan to spend this summer filming in the area.

Walsh said turkey hunting season ended on May 30. The next hunting season will be for bears, which opens in September.

Stenberg said this is the second incident she has seen on her property in recent memory. She said there was a similar issue with deer hunters a couple of years ago.

Now, she said, she’ll spend the time and money posting the land so that if it happens again, it will be against the law.

An earlier version of this story misstated the distance “No Hunting and No Trespassing” signs need to be posted away from one another. The article previously stated signs need to be posted 100 feet from one another, but they really need to be posted 100 yards from one another.