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      A March court date for men accused of shooting big buck

      Giant buck valued at $35,000

      Three men charged in November with poaching and shooting a 36-point deer valued at $35,000 are scheduled to appear before a Grundy County Judge later next month.

      Christopher Kiernan, 45, of Minooka, Illinois; Garret Armstrong, 31, of Avon, NY; and Larry Smith, 49, of Williamsburg, Ontario Canada face charges ranging from "hunting without permission of land owner" to "unlawful possession of illegally taken deer" and other charges. Click here for our original story regarding the arrests.

      The three are set to appear in a Grundy County court near Joliet on March 26.

      The pending charges are related to the unlawful taking of 24 deer in Illinois and Canada over a 10-year period. Click here to read the original press release.

      The men were charged in November after an 11-month investigation.