3 men charged with illegally killing 24 Ill. deer

MORRIS (AP) – Three men have been charged with illegally killing two dozen deer, including one Illinois officials say might have set a new state record.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that 45-year-old Christopher Kiernan of Minooka, 49-year-old Larry Smith of Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada, and 31-year-old Garret Armstrong of Avon, N.Y., each face multiple charges.

Grundy County State's attorney Johnathan Bates said Kiernan turned himself in and was released on bond. The other men have not yet been jailed.

Kiernan did not return a call from The Associated Press. None of the men have entered pleas.

Bates said the deer were shot at a site just outside Morris in north-central Illinois.

The largest deer was a 36-point buck that DNR officials said could set a new whitetail record.

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