Here’s more from the Sacramento Bee on this complex incident
The case began in 2017 when state game warden Dave Moskat drove by property William Vaden of Elverta owns southeast of Placerville near the community of Somerset, said Lt. Stacey LaFave of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Moskat was en route to another poaching complaint when he spotted an automated animal feeder on Vaden’s property, LaFave said. …
…After a lengthy interrogation, Vaden admitted to the wardens he had killed the buck at the bait site after the season had ended and had forged an official‘s signature on his deer tag, LaFave said.