Sadly, the badger has since been put down. The RPSCA and the Warwickshire Badger Group have appealed for information so that the culprit to be found.
Liam Pointon, of The Paddock, Wilberfoss, pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a badger.
The shootings have been condemned by Dorset Wildlife Trust which has campaigned against culling badgers.
The RSPCA has been criticised over a lack of action over a suspected badger poisoning case in a Teesdale village.
The men, understood to be from Barrow, Kirkby, Bardsea and Little Urswick admitted to the offence under the Hunting Act 2004.
Police and wildlife experts fear that a recent court case in which a North Yorkshire farmer was convicted of recklessly damaging an active badger sett by pumping it full of slurry typifies a worrying new