OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1

• A District 1 wildlife investigator received a tip from a
concerned sportsman about a possible baited dove hunting location.
The caller described observing a location where it appeared hunters
sat in a fence row and dove hunted over bird seed. District 1
investigators met with the sportsman and inspected the area. During
the inspection, investigators photographed, collected and seized
numerous dove feathers, empty shotgun hulls, footprints,
miscellaneous items and bait. The bait was scattered in a large
area in front of the hunter’s location and was consistent with bird
seed. The mixture included sunflower seeds, cracked corn and
miscellaneous weed seeds. Surveillance was scheduled with the
investigators and wildlife officers for the baited location. For
four days no one was observed hunting the location. On the fifth
day, an investigator observed two hunters dove hunting over the
bait. A wildlife officer was called for assistance and two hunters
were contacted. The two hunters were charged for violating the
hunting regulations and the charges are pending. The violations
would not have been detected without the concerned sportsman’s
phone call. Therefore, the concerned sportsman is being submitted
for a TIP reward.

• During June, July and August, Fayette County Wildlife Officer
John Coffman and Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders
received complaints concerning ATVs operating on Deer Creek
Wildlife Area. After several weeks of observation, Coffman noticed
an increase in ATV activity. Coffman and Teders coordinated
enforcement activities to curb the activity. While on patrol one
evening, Teders noticed fresh ATV tracks through a grass parking
lot and onto an access lane. He followed the tracks to discover an
ATV and a dirt bike driving down the lane. Teders was able to stop
both vehicles and escort them from the property. Both of the
drivers were issued summons for operating a motor vehicle off of a
designated roadway. Each individual was ordered to pay $150 in
fines and court costs. It’s unlawful to operate or park any vehicle
on properties administered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife except
on designated roads and parking areas.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2

• State wildlife officer Jason Parr recently teamed up with Lake
Erie agent Dick Barna to work sport fishing enforcement and
commercial fishing enforcement on Lake Erie. Although weather
conditions weren’t the best, the two officers still contacted
approximately 160 sport fishermen from their enforcement vessel.
Two individuals were issued a summons for fishing without a valid
fishing license. One of these individuals stated that he had left
his fishing license back on shore. Parr obtained the man’s
information and informed him that a check would be done to make
sure that he had purchased a license. The man once again claimed
that he had a valid fishing license. As Barna slowly motored away
from the fisherman, Parr ran a check through the ODNR communication
center to see if there was a current fishing license in the system
for the fisherman. ODNR dispatch advised Parr that there was no
valid fishing license in the system for the requested individual.
The two officers returned to the fisherman and issued him a summons
for fishing without a license. The man was also advised that a
license or permit shows up in the new license sales database the
second that one is purchased. The man paid a total of $125 in fines
and court costs for the fishing license violation. Another summons
was issued to a commercial fisherman from Michigan. Barna and Parr
made contact with the driver of a commercial fish truck as boxes of
fish were being unloaded at a local wholesale fish company in
Sandusky. Upon inspecting the boxes of fish, it was determined that
the boxes were not properly labeled as law requires. A summons was
issued for this violation.

• During the spring walleye run, Putnam County Wildlife Officer
Jason Porinchok received a call from the 1-800-POACHER hotline. The
caller stated that he was fishing next to a man all morning that
had caught his limit of four walleyes. This man left the river for
about an hour then returned without fish to continue to fish. The
complainant observed the fisherman catch and stringer an additional
fish then he left the river to call the poacher hotline. The
complainant gave specific, detailed description of the violation
and the fisherman, and left a return phone number for the officer.
Porinchok was able to contact the complainant and get further
details about the location of the fisherman in the river. With the
detailed information, officers were able to locate the fisherman
with ease. Officers observed the fisherman catch and keep two more
walleyes for a total of three fish on his current stringer.
Porinchok contacted the fisherman as he was leaving with the three
fish on his stringer. Further investigation led Porinchok to the
man’s hotel room where the four walleyes from that morning were
discovered. The fisherman was cited for taking three walleyes over
the daily bag limit. He was found guilty in Maumee Municipal Court,
where he paid $189 in court costs and fines. The complainant’s
information was instrumental in the detection and apprehension of
this violator. Sportsmen are encouraged to call 1-800-POACHER when
they witness a violation.

• On the last day of spring turkey season Defiance County Wildlife
Officer Matt Smith came across a hunter returning from the field.
Once closer, the officer could see that the man had been successful
in his hunt and had harvested a nice tom turkey. Smith contacted
the man at his vehicle and asked to see his license and tag, but
quickly noticed the hunter had two ticks crawling on his forehead.
While the man was retrieving his permit, he also removed over 25
ticks from his clothes. After the hunter thought he was free of the
bugs, he handed Smith his turkey permit. Unfortunately, the hunter
had neglected to purchase a hunting license. The man was issued a
summons and ordered to pay $140 in fines and court costs for
hunting without the required hunting license.

• On June 1, Wildlife Officer Reid Van Cleve received a call from
Wildlife Officer Brian Bury explaining that there were four
fishermen at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area. Bury asked Van Cleve if
he had time to check their fishing licenses. Van Cleve arrived and
was shocked at what he saw. The two males of the group were yelling
profanities at the fish, as they were stomping and stoning to death
the catfish one by one. The officer observed them kill 22 catfish.
Van Cleve decided to go to their vehicle and wait for them. When
the group arrived back at their vehicle, Van Cleve noticed that the
group did not have any of the fish or their soft drink cans with
them. Van Cleve asked them if they were leaving and they stated
that they were. He asked them where their soft drink cans, two bait
containers, and plastic tiki fuel container were as well as the 22
catfish. One of the men stated that they left their trash and they
had let their fish go. Van Cleve explained that he had watched them
kill all 22 of the fish. Both males were charged with stream litter
and disposing of dead fish in a body of water. One of the two
females was charged with fishing without a license. The two male
subjects are awaiting court in a Sandusky County court. The female
defendant was issued a $90 fine for fishing without a
license.

Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3

• While investigating complaints in July, Summit County Wildlife
Officer Brennan Earick received information that an individual from
Boston Heights was shooting turtles with a rifle. Earick contacted
the individual and questioned him. The results of the investigation
revealed that the man had shot and killed three turtles using his
SKS rifle. Earick seized the rifle as evidence and returned later
that week to issue him his summons. The individual appeared in
Boston Heights Mayor’s Court, was convicted and ordered to pay a
$150 fine plus court costs. The rifle was also forfeited to the
state.

• Wayne County Wildlife Officer Jason Warren, Summit County
Wildlife Officer Brennan Earick and Wildlife Investigator Rick
Louttit were sitting in their patrol vehicles at the Portage Lakes
State Park after completing a sport fishing law enforcement project
in Summit County. While the officers were talking, they heard a
noise next to one of the trucks. Earick stepped out of his vehicle
and saw a water bottle and four sundae containers on the ground. He
noticed a man entering the passenger side of the vehicle parked
next to his truck. Earick approached the man and asked him if he
had discarded the items on the ground. The man indicated that he
was unable to find a trash can and apologized for placing the items
on the ground. The individual was issued a summons and ordered to
appear in Barberton Municipal Court. He was convicted and ordered
to pay a $150 fine. He was also placed on probation for two years
and received a suspended 60-day jail sentence.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4

• Perry County Wildlife Officer Eric Lane was checking fishermen on
Clouse Lake when he noticed a boat on the other side of the lake
behind some cattails. He watched the individual for several
minutes, who was fishing in the heavily matted weeds from a boat.
Lane waited for the individual to return to the boat ramp where he
checked his fishing license and bag limit. The individual was in
compliance on both of those items. Lane then did a safety check of
the boat and asked to see his lifejacket. The individual realized
that he did not have it when he arrived at the lake. He was issued
a citation for having no PFD on board. He posted bond along with
court costs.

Lake Erie Enforcement Unit

• Over Labor Day weekend, Lake Erie wildlife investigators Gary
Manley, Dick Barna and Jerry Duckworth were on patrol in the
extreme Western Basin of Lake Erie between the Detroit and Toledo
shipping channels. A pack of boats was sighted approximately 3.5
miles within Ohio boundaries, not far from the Michigan line. They
were working the pack of perch fishermen when they noticed a
charter boat operated by a Lake Erie charter captain out of
Michigan starting his motors and getting ready to leave the area.
They contacted the fishermen and asked how they did. The fishermen
said they had their limit. They were asked to show their Ohio
fishing licenses. They held up five invalid one-day fishing
licenses, and the captain had his annual fishing license. Not one
of the one-day licenses was signed or validated. Duckworth boarded
the vessel, seized the fishing licenses, and proceeded to count the
yellow perch. He ascertained that they were 111 yellow perch over
the boat limit of 30 per fishermen. Five summonses were issued for
invalid one-day fishing licenses, and all six fishermen were issued
summons for over possession of yellow perch. They had a total of
291 yellow perch on the boat, nine fish from having a Michigan
limit of 50 per person. The charter captain was made to appear in
Oregon Municipal Court.

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