Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 4

Region I

A District 7 CPO received a complaint during the late winter deer
season of a subject hunting deer too close to a residence. Upon
investigation, the CPO found numerous violations including: hunting
deer over a baited area, hunting without permission, failure to
wear orange, trapping while using exposed bait, failure to tag
traps with name and address. Citations were issued.

A District 6 CPO conducted a joint investigation with the Illinois
State Police into illegal taking of a white-tailed deer, hunting
without permission and deer hunting within 300 yards of a
residence. The investigation resulted in the issuance of nine
citations to three hunters and a civil penalty of $250 for the
taking of the deer.

A District 6 CPO was called to the Princeton hospital in reference
to a snowmobile accident. Upon arriving he found a female who
appeared to be intoxicated, with a broken shoulder. The female
stated that she was going 10 mph when she fell off of her
snowmobile into the ditch causing her shoulder to break. She also
stated that she had no alcohol to drink. The female refused a
preliminary breath test and refused a blood and urine sample. The
female was issued a citation for operating a snowmobile under the
influence of alcohol and a citation for failing to transfer the
snowmobile’s registration. She will lose her snowmobiling privilege
for two years for refusing to submit to chemical testing. An
inspection of the snowmobile showed damage to the windshield and
some damage to the body of the snowmobile inconsistent with the
story of the female.

A District 1 CPO was called to a road-hunting complaint. An
off-duty deputy was archery deer hunting when he observed an SUV
stop on the roadway and an individual opened fire from the
passenger window. The offender shot at two deer and wounded one.
Evidence was recovered from the scene and the deputy identified the
occupants of the SUV. The CPO went to the suspect’s house and the
shooter claimed to be shooting at a rabbit. The 17-year-old shooter
was cited for hunting from the roadway and no FOID card. The
16-year-old driver was cited as an accessory to the charge of
hunting from the roadway. Additional charges are pending.

A District 7 CPO responded to a complaint of two subjects hunting
without permission. The CPO observed the individuals upland game
hunting without blaze orange caps. The subjects were approached and
one of them was discovered to be a prior felon and did not possess
a valid FOID card. The subject was taken to the Woodford County
Jail and charged with the Class 3 felony.

While conducting business inspections, a District 1 CPO discovered
information that led to the arrest of two subjects for taking three
deer illegally. The subjects received citations for tagging deer
with another hunter’s tags. The meat and antlers of the deer were
seized as evidence. The subjects also received several written

A District 7 CPO received a request for a salvage deer tag in
McDonough County near Macomb. After talking to the landowner who
found the deer, it was determined that the deer had been a crippled
from the first gun deer season. Follow-up investigation determined
that a customer/client of a local outfitter had hunted in McDonough
County on an adjacent property with a Hancock County deer permit.
The outfitter was issued a citation for allowing a client to deer
hunt without a valid deer permit. The 12-point buck head was seized
as evidence.

Region II

CPOs attempted to stop a snowmobile on the Chain O’ Lakes. The
operator turned around and attempted to flee, but was apprehended.
The operator was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a DUI
charge. He was charged with failure to stop for an inspection and
transported to the McHenry County jail for the warrant.

CPOs were working a snowmobile checkpoint at night on the Chain O’
Lakes. One CPO arrested the operator of a snowmobile for OUI after
the subject failed field sobriety testing. The operator was
intoxicated and thought he was heading home, but was actually
heading in the wrong direction. His BAC was .169 percent.

A CPO cited a subject on the Fox River for falsification of a
snowmobile application and no valid registration. The subject
presented the application to the CPO and stated two times that he
sent the application to Springfield. While interviewing the subject
and the seller of the snowmobile, who happened to be on another
snowmobile, the CPO learned the seller never signed the
application. The subject finally admitted to not properly filling
out the application or submitting it to Springfield.

A CPO investigated a snowmobile accident on the Fox River. The
subject was traveling approximately 30 to 35 mph when his
snowmobile slid out from underneath him. The subject fell off the
sled breaking his right shoulder.

A CPO arrested a fisherman on Wonder Lake for possession of drug

A CPO arrested an individual fishing on Wonder Lake for fishing
without a license, possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams, and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

CPOs have been assisting the Round Lake Beach police department on
an interagency, multi-state, snowmobile theft ring. So far during
the investigation, two subjects have been linked to 11 stolen
snowmobiles, six trailers, and three boats, with an estimated value
of over $100,000.

Region III

A CPO investigated a snowmobile accident involving a Heyworth man
that occurred in DeWitt County. The operator had been consuming
alcohol at a bar and could not remember how the accident occurred.
The operator had a lacerated spleen, broken ribs and lacerations to
his head. He was cited for operating a snowmobile while under the
combined influence of alcohol/drugs and for operating an unnumbered

While on patrol in Shelby County, a CPO observed a vehicle stop on
the roadway near a flock of wild turkeys in an adjacent field. The
driver, a Windsor man, exited the vehicle and then quickly
re-entered and drove off when he saw the CPO’s marked squad. As the
CPO closed the distance, the subject again stopped the vehicle, got
out and approached the CPO asking how far off the roadway turkeys
needed to be before you could shoot turkeys. The CPO informed the
subject the turkeys were on private property and, through an
interview, the operator admitted that he had just finished
bowhunting at Wolf Creek State Park. He also admitted to shooting
two deer earlier in the season. A check of DNR kill records showed
that only one of the deer was checked in as required. A subsequent
search of the vehicle uncovered an uncased/operable bow, cannabis,
drug paraphernalia as well as a cat food bag with blood covering
it. When questioned where the blood was from and what was in the
cat food bag, the subject admitted it contained the remains of the
white-tailed doe he claimed to have killed earlier in the year and
failed to check in. While checking the subject’s license and
permits, the CPO was handed a bloody deer permit that had been
separated from the parent permit making it invalid. The subject was
cited for transportation of an uncased bow, unlawful possession of
a white-tailed deer, deer hunting without a valid permit,
possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

A CPO cited a timber buyer from Marshal for failing to maintain
records after discovering the violation when conducting an
auditing/inspection of the business.

A CPO responded to the Vermillion River in Livingston County after
a passing motorist observed an unoccupied snowmobile on the frozen
river. The snowmobile apparently broke down and the CPO observed
footprints in the snow where the subject had exited the snowmobile
and walked to another snowmobile where the operator apparently
received a ride from the area. The snowmobile left on the ice had
an expired registration (1999), and the CPO is in the process of
tracking down the current owner/last operator.

Region IV

A CPO investigated a subject that applied for a lifetime hunting
license. The subject was determined to be an Iowa resident and was
issued a citation for falsification of the lifetime license.

A district sergeant closed a case in Calhoun County. He arrested a
subject for fleeing and eluding, driving while revoked, operating
an ATV on the roadway, and no insurance. Even though all charges
were dismissed, the case had a favorable outcome. The subject was
arrested prior to that date for aggravated DUI. He was due to plead
guilty and go to prison for 21⁄2 years. As a result of sergeant’s
arrest, the subject received five years in prison.

A CPO checked three out-of-state archery hunters in Jersey County.
Two subjects were hunting in a Nature Preserve. All three were
hunting over bait.

A CPO checked a parked truck and noticed an empty gun case inside.
He found the person with a rifle who was archery hunting

A CPO assisted the Pike County Sheriff’s Department in locating a
missing subject. The subject was involved in an ATV accident which
resulted in his death.

Region V

A CPO checked a deer hunter as he was driving out of a field. He
had a loaded, uncased shotgun sitting in the passenger seat. He
said he thought the gun had to be cased once he was on the road. He
also had failed to sign his deer permit and hunting license. He was
issued a citation for the loaded, uncased shotgun and written
warning for the unsigned permit/license.

A CPO checked two deer hunters coming out of the woods after
hunting hours. One (youth) still had his gun loaded and was not
wearing a blaze orange hat. The other (grandfather) didn’t have a
blaze orange hat either. They were both issued written warnings for
the violations and were told the regulations for deer

A CPO received a call from the Region V Office stating a coon
hunter’s dog was caught in a trap at Cache Wetlands State
Recreational Area north of Karnak. He spoke with the complainant at
the location where it occurred the night before. The coon hunter
heard his dog making a scratching noise and went over to
investigate. He found his dogs head caught in a bucket set body
gripping trap. He managed to free the animal with the help of
another hunter. The dog was resuscitated at the scene. The hunters
thought it was illegal to use a bucket trap with bait inside the
bucket. The hunter took the trap with him after the incident. The
CPO looked at the trap and determined it was no more than 7 inches,
and tagged with the owner’s name and address. He took the trap back
to the owner and verified he had his trapping license. There were
no violations.

A CPO opened an investigation into an outfitter in Williamson
County and a investigation of a non-resident from New Jersey,
falsifying information to obtain a resident deer permit. USFW
agents and New Jersey conservation officers are assisting. These
investigations are ongoing.

A CPO apprehended two Coulterville archery deer hunters who were
cited for failing to report deer kill on day of the kill. One
hunter was additionally charged with taking a deer after hours with
bow and arrow. The incident was reported as an alleged
hunting-without-permission case by a landowner who alleged the deer
may have been killed on his property. The landowner provided a
picture phone message of the hunter and two deer. It was later
determined that the deer were legally killed on private property.
The hunter inadvertently admitted to the other violations in the
interview. He also implicated the second hunter in the interview
for failing to report on time. Four written warnings were also
issued to the hunters.

A CPO was dispatched to Chester (Randolph County) to assist with a
traffic stop on an alleged hunter who was caught trespassing. The
incident was reported as occurring on the county State’s Attorney’s
property. Upon arrival, he was informed the State’s Attorney office
did not wish to charge the hunter. Other violations were discovered
after interviewing the hunter. He was charged with no valid
firearms deer permit and failure to tag upon kill.

A CPO apprehended a Coulterville hunter for hunting from his motor
vehicle with a rifle, hunting from a highway and shooting from a
roadway. The hunter claimed to have been shooting at a coyote. A
savage Model 10 rifle was seized as a result of the arrest. The
incident was observed by a CPO while monitoring a field of snow

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