COLRAIN — Massachusetts State Troopers and Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers arrested two men Saturday evening for alleged poaching activities, including the fatal shooting of a deer from a vehicle and the killing of a gray fox.
At 6:10 p.m. Saturday, the State Police-Shelburne Falls Barracks received a call regarding a deer shot on Shelburne Line Road.
Trooper Garrett Hall arrived at the scene and conducted a vehicle stop of a gray Toyota Tacoma pickup, inside which were two men and several unsecured firearms.
The men, identified as Ira B. Doull, 46, of Worthington, and Seth O. Doull, 51, of Colrain, were detained with the assistance of off-duty Trooper John Ollari.
Further investigation by Troopers and Officers revealed various firearms, including a loaded .22 caliber rifle and a loaded handgun, as well as thermal scopes and an illegally killed gray fox in the pickup.
Both Ira and Seth Doull face multiple charges, such as hunting from a vehicle and at night, carrying loaded firearms in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm near a highway.
Following their arrest, they were booked at State Police-Shelburne Falls and posted bail, with arraignments taking place this week in Greenfield District Court.
Authorities have seized all firearms and contraband from the vehicle and are investigating whether the Doulls are connected to previous poaching incidents involving a gray Tacoma in the area.
Booking photos of the defendants, along with images of the seized firearms and the illegally killed deer, were released by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.