they ran into some guys jacking deer and the jackers panicked

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jacdac

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Lebanese
And I’m a busy man this morning, in case you didn’t know it, his face added. I’ve got two cops missing, it’s starting to look more and more like they ran into some guys jacking deer and the jackers panicked and shot them; I’m in the hot-seat on that one, and on top of it all my old friend Ruth McCausland has died, and I don’t have either the time or the patience for bullshit.
Source: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Is jackers another word for poachers? And does jacking deer mean hunting illicitly deer?

Is the meaning of jack in this context common?

Thank you
 
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    Jacking is probably the same as jacklighting: deliberately blinding deer with car headlights so you can shoot them. It's illegal.
     
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