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Accused poacher pleads not guilty

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Troy Alan Reinke, the Cannon Falls man accused of poaching a trophy Goodhue County buck, entered a not guilty plea Thursday during his first court appearance in the case.

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Reinke was charged last month with 13 poaching-related counts. Authorities claim he shot a world-class buck and two other deer illegally in October.

Department of Natural Resources officials said tests of the trophy buck's hide revealed lead fragments, indicating it had been shot with a firearm, which also would have been illegal, since Reinke claimed to have shot the deer during bow season.

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