Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Six convicted in deer poaching probe

DNR Report

Findlay, Ohio – A two-year investigation of an illegal deer
processing operation came to a conclusion with the recent
sentencing of the last of the defendants, according to the DNR
Division of Wildlife.

A search warrant was served at the residence of Landall
Hinchcliff, 46, of Grover Hill, on Feb. 22. Untagged deer antlers,
over 100 pounds of untagged deer meat, chest freezer, meat slicer,
meat grinder, bone saw, meat smoker, and a band saw were
seized.

A total of 73 charges were filed against six individuals in the
Paulding County Court, Van Wert Municipal Court, and the Putnam
County Court. The combined fines, court costs, and restitution of
the six individuals totaled $6,852.50.

Those charged included:

• Landall L. Hinchcliff, 46, of Grover Hill, was found guilty on
57 charges in Paulding County Court and one charge in Van Wert
Municipal Court. The charges included 37 counts of records
violations, 13 counts of untagged deer meat, four counts of
untagged deer antlers, three counts of selling deer meat, and one
count of aiding a wildlife offender. He was ordered to pay a total
of $4,102 in fines and costs and his hunting privileges were
revoked for three years. Additionally, he was placed on five years
of probation during which a 180-day jail sentence was reserved. He
is also prohibited from processing deer during the term of his
probation. All evidence seized during the execution of the search
warrant was forfeited to the state.

• Christina R. Hinchcliff, 39, of Grover Hill, was found guilty
of tagging a deer taken deer by another hunter and checking-in a
deer taken by another hunter in Paulding County Court. She was
ordered to pay a total of $615 in fines and court costs and her
hunting privileges were revoked for three years. She was also
placed on probation for five years, during which a 60-day jail
sentence was reserved. In the Putnam County Court, she was found
guilty of selling deer meat. In that case, she was ordered to pay
$385 in fines and costs. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended on
the condition she have no similar offenses within the next two
years.

• John R. Hinchcliff, 81, of Grover Hill, was found guilty in
Paulding County Court of tagging and checking a deer of another and
for providing false information to a deer check station. He paid a
total of $157 in fines and costs and his hunting privileges were
revoked for three years. He was also placed on probation for five
years, during which an additional $1,500 in fines and a 180-day
jail sentence were reserved.

• Greg R. Shelton, 41, of Grover Hill, was found guilty on five
charges in Paulding County Court. His charges included killing more
than one antlered deer in a year, two counts of killing more than
one deer in Deer Zone A, and two counts of failing to immediately
tag a deer. He paid a total of $1,368.50 in fines, costs, and
restitution. He was placed on five years probation with 60 days
jail reserved on each of the five charges. His hunting privileges
were revoked for a year with an additional two years of revocation
stayed during the term of his probation.

• Karl R. Miller, 44, of Continental, was found guilty in Putnam
County Court of possessing untagged deer antlers. He paid a total
of $125 in fines and costs with no similar offenses for a period of
two years.

• Mary J. Miller, 47, of Continental, was found guilty in Putnam
County Court of possessing two raccoons in captivity. She paid a
total of $100 in fines and costs with no similar offenses for a
period of two years.

Many investigations and surveillance operations are a result of
concerned citizen reports and calls to the Turn-In-A-Poacher
hotline. Callers can leave information on the TIP line 24 hours a
day and may be left anonymously. To report a wildlife violation,
call 1-800-POACHER, a state wildlife officer, or submit information
online at www.wildohio.com

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