Local men arrested for multiple deer-poaching violations


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Sussex County men in the Frankford area Nov. 16 as the result of an ongoing investigation into illegal nighttime deer-poaching activities, officials reported on Nov. 20.

According to Fish & Wildlife officers, Sewall B. Hickman, 23, of Frankford, was charged with two counts each of possessing or transporting antlered deer that were unlawfully killed; hunting deer during closed season; hunting at nighttime; unlawfully loaded firearm; hunting from a motor vehicle; and conspiracy 3rd degree.

He was also charged with one count each of failure to attach deer tag to an antlered deer; failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours; antlered deer registration violation; method of take violation; killing an antlered deer without first purchasing a hunter’s choice deer tag; and discharge of a firearm within 15 yards of public road or right-of-way.

Sewall Hickman was released on $1,800 unsecured bond, pending a future court appearance.

Keith A. Hickman, 47, of Selbyville, was charged with two counts each of possessing or transporting antlered deer that were unlawfully killed; hunting deer during closed season; hunting at nighttime; unlawfully loaded firearm; hunting from a motor vehicle; and conspiracy 3rd degree.

Keith Hickman was also charged with one count each of failure to attach deer tag to an antlered deer; failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours; antlered deer registration violation; method of take violation; and discharge of a firearm within 15 yards of public road or right-of-way. He was released on $1,700 unsecured bond, pending a future court appearance.

As a result of the arrests, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police reported, they seized a Chevrolet pickup truck, a GMC SUV, a rifle, two antlered deer heads and numerous other hunting-related instruments.