SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1CR50-256 04/06/07

 

SHOOTING AT A WILD ANIMAL FROM WITHIN 10 FEET OF A PUBLIC HIGHWAY --

10 V.S.A. 4705(c)

 

The State has charged (Def)_______________ with shooting at a wild animal from within ten feet of a public highway, as follows:

[Read the charge.]

Every crime is made up of essential elements. Before (Def)_______________ can be found guilty of the charge, the State must have proven each of the essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case, the essential elements are that on the date and at the place alleged,

(1) (Def)_______________;

(2) intentionally shot at a wild animal with a firearm; and

(3) (Def)_______________ was on or within ten feet of the traveled portion of a public highway.

The first essential element is that (Def)_______________ is the person who committed the alleged acts.

The second essential element is that (Def)_______________ intentionally shot at a wild animal with a firearm. As used in this case, the term wild animal means all animals, including birds, amphibians and reptiles, other than domestic animals.

The State must have proven that (Def)_______________ intended to shoot at a wild animal. [He] [She] must have acted purposely, and not inadvertently, because of mistake, or by accident. You may find that (Def)_______________ acted intentionally if it was [his] [her] conscious objective to shoot at the wild animal. In determining (Def)_______________s intent, you should consider all of the surrounding facts and circumstances established by the evidence.

The last essential element is that (Def)_______________ shot at the wild animal when [he] [she] was either on or within ten feet of the traveled portion of a public highway.

The term public highway is defined to include all parts of any roadway, street, bridge, culvert, [square, fairground] or other place open temporarily or permanently to public or general circulation of vehicles [and it also includes a way laid out under authority of law].

All of the elements of the offense must have been present at the same time. If the State has not proven each of the essential elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, then you must find (Def)_______________ not guilty. However, if the State has proven all of the essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt, you must return a verdict of guilty.