IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

Region I

A CPO received a call at home after his shift ended. The caller (an
elderly female) was upset because of goose hunters hunting in her
corn field without permission. The CPO went back on duty and made
contact with the two Port Byron hunters. There was no doubt they
were in fact hunting geese. The subjects were asked if they knew
whose field they were hunting in and they did. The hunters were
asked if they had permission and they said “yes.” The hunters were
asked if they could demonstrate to the CPO in any way they had
permission and they could not. One hunter stated “I got permission
five years ago when I started hunting geese.” The CPO asked “how
did you get it, by phone or did you go in person and talk to them?”
The hunter stated “neither one.” The CPO informed them he had a
complaint from the landowner and the landowner wanted citations
issued. The landowner stated “there have been many problems over
the years and it’s time for tickets to be issued.” The two hunters
received citations for goose hunting without permission of
landowner.

While conducting a hunter compliance check during firearms deer
season, a District 6 CPO found two deer in the back of the hunter’s
truck and only one of the deer was tagged. The hunter stated the
deer were standing next to each other when he shot at one of them
and to his surprise both deer dropped. The hunter’s problem was he
only had one tag. The hunter was issued a citation for unlawful
possession of a deer without a valid permit and the untagged deer
was seized.

A CPO responded to a “hunting within 300 yards of a residence”
complaint in a subdivision near Knoxville. The deer hunter who was
sitting in a hunting blind at the rear of his parent’s residence
had several violations. He had no habitat stamp, no deer permit, no
FOID card, and improper blaze orange clothing. He also had a
failure to appear warrant in Warren County. His elderly father
stated that the subject was hunting for him while he was in the
house eating breakfast. The father was issued a citation for
accessory to deer hunting without a valid deer permit. The wanted
subject was arrested and transported to the Knox County Jail. He
was issued citations for deer hunting without a deer permit and for
no habitat stamp. He was issued written warnings for hunting within
300 yards of an inhabited dwelling and improper blaze orange.

A CPO responded to a Knox County call of a deer hunter being shot
at by a neighboring landowner. Interviews were conducted with both
parties and other hunters hunting on nearby properties. Conflicting
information from all interviewed, lack of physical evidence, and
prior history between the neighbors failed to establish probable
cause for an arrest. Further interviews may be conducted by the
Knox County Sheriff’s Department Investigation Division.

A CPO in Winnebago County was notified of an individual who
harvested an antlered deer while only possessing an antlerless-only
firearm deer permit. The officer met with the hunter, validated the
complaint, seized the illegally taken antlered deer and took
appropriate enforcement action against the hunter.

A CPO got a report of a firearms deer hunter who was hunting
without blaze orange. When the CPO approached the man and asked him
to unload his gun, the man said, “I didn’t know I was supposed to
wear orange.” The CPO had not said anything about the orange at
this point, which made it obvious the hunter knew he was in
violation. The CPO issued the hunter a citation for hunting without
blaze orange during the firearms deer season.

A CPO received a complaint of possible deer poaching from a local
police department. According to a sergeant for the department who
complained, he was made aware of a pick-up truck that drove off the
roadway, down along a local river. Curious as to what they might be
doing, the sergeant waited for them to exit the river bottom area.
Upon the suspect’s departure, the sergeant stopped them. The
sergeant issued the suspect two citations for violations. The
following night, the sergeant heard two gunshots from the same
location and while responding to an unrelated “shots fired” call
and leaving the area of the suspected poaching complaint, he
observed the same suspect vehicle pulling down to the river bottom
area.

A CPO patrolled Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area. The
site has had numerous trespassing complaints due to the nice
weather. Dog walkers, joggers, fishermen, and photographers have
all been found on site while the only authorized use is for goose
hunting since the opening of the central zone waterfowl season. A
bowhunter was issued a written warning for being on site while
closed for that activity. Bowhunting is allowed on site with an
annual permit, but not allowed during open goose season. This
hunter had failed to notice the closure dates provided him by the
site superintendant and on his on-line dash card which he had
printed and displayed while hunting.

Region II

In 2010, a CPO received information on a subject bragging about
road hunting with a crossbow. It was the same subject the CPO
arrested five years prior for the same thing. Surveillance was set
up, but he was not caught last season. This season the subject was
at it again. CPOs utilized the newly acquired decoy, purchased with
money collected from the Illinois Conservation Foundation, which
resulted from a nuisance trapping case a CPO worked last year. The
decoy was set up where the subject was last reported hunting. He
pulled up as the CPO operated the decoy with a remote control. The
subject then shot the decoy with his crossbow and hit it. The CPO
emerged out of the woods and the subject sped away in his truck.
Another CPO was waiting down the road and stopped him. He was
issued several citations including hunting with the aid of a motor
vehicle, hunting from the roadway, uncased crossbow, no hunting
license, and no habitat stamp. The subject was in possession of a
crossbow permit, which the CPO will seek to revoke. The subject was
laughing and said he saw this type of thing on TV, and told the
CPOs “you guys are pretty sneaky.”

CPOs served warrants to two subjects sitting in DuPage County jail.
They were responsible for at least two car burglaries at Moraine
Hills State Park in August. The subjects were wanted by at least 15
agencies in the area for various vehicle and residential
burglaries. They were caught in the act of a residential burglary
in Lombard a few weeks ago and were in possession of cocaine.

A CPO responded to a capsized watercraft on the Fox River. Three
subjects were in a 12-foot Jon boat with their lab, shotguns, and
decoys when the bow of the boat began taking on water, eventually
causing it to sink and capsize. All subjects made it to shore but
lost a shotgun in the process.

A CPO completed an investigation into deer hunting without
permission and other deer hunting violations. An Algonquin man was
arrested for shooting a buck deer and not tagging the deer with his
deer permit. Instead, he removed the deer from the field and
purchased a permit for his father, then attached his father’s
permit to the deer. The deer was reported as a harvested deer under
his father’s permit. The hunter was charged with several deer
hunting violations and was given several other warnings.

Region III

A CPO arrested a landowner for battery on a legal hunter in
Vermilion County. The landowner punched the legal hunter after
confronting him about hunting adjacent to his property.

A CPO is investigating a fatal hunting accident that occurred in
DeWitt County. A hunter collapsed while returning to his vehicle
from firearms deer hunting.

A CPO arrested a Bethany man hunting in Shelby County on a Moultrie
County warrant for failing to appear on a DUI charge.

A CPO arrested a Decatur man hunting in Shelby County on a Macon
County warrant for failure to appear at a court date in relation to
city ordinance violations.

Region IV

CPOs responded to a capsized boat on Highland/Silver Lake on the
opening day of Central Zone waterfowl season. The boat was located
capsized on the lake by a lake patrol officer and Highland patrol
officer. They secured the scene and anchored the boat in its
location awaiting the arrival of CPOs with sonar equipment. The two
missing subjects were located with sonar equipment shortly
thereafter. The two young male subjects had been night fishing for
catfish and had not been heard from since 1 a.m. The cause of the
accident is under investigation.

CPOs were working waterfowl hunters on Coffeen Lake. They set up
surveillance on a group of hunters that morning and they observed
them shoot at and harvest birds on the water. Due to the fog that
morning, they were unable to identify the birds from their
location. While the hunters were retrieving the birds, the officers
moved in closer to the hunters. They observed the hunters the rest
of the morning until they began to pack up for the day. The
officers made contact with the subjects and began a compliance
check. When asked what they had harvested they stated “coots.” The
officers observed a pile of birds between the two hunters that
consisted of, not coots, but six pied-billed grebes. The grebes
were recently removed from the threatened species list and are not
legal to harvest. Enforcement action was taken.

A CPO was working waterfowl hunters at Coffeen Lake. The CPO set up
surveillance on a boat blind occupied by two hunters. He observed
two pied-billed grebes swimming out in front of the hunters. While
watching the grebes, one of the hunters shot two of them on the
water, crippling them. The hunter fired another shot killing one
grebe while the other dove underwater. The hunters retrieved the
one grebe but could not find the other. Once they returned to their
hunting location, the CPO made contact with them and began a
compliance check. When asked what the hunter had killed, he stated
it was some sort of diver. The CPO informed the hunter the bird was
a pied-billed grebe and that it was illegal to harvest. Enforcement
action was taken.

A CPO responded to a poaching complaint in Randolph County.
Witnesses stated that a vehicle driven by two men had shot a deer
from the road with a gun. The complaint came in as ongoing and
units from Sparta Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s
Office responded but the suspect vehicle could not be located. The
case is still under investigation.

Region V

A CPO responded to a call at Giant City State Park campground
involving an 8-point buck tagged and hanging in a tree and an
8-point rack untagged and lying on the ground. The hunters were not
at the campsite. The CPO ran the two subjects on Point of Sale and
found that the father had reported killing an 8-point buck the day
before. A truck parked at the campsite came back registered to the
son of this hunter. The son had reported killing an 8-point buck
using an archery tag. The CPO called the number attached to the
father’s customer information and spoke to the father’s wife. She
told the CPO that her husband had not killed a deer as of
yesterday. The CPO obtained the cellphone number of the man and
called him. He admitted that his son had actually killed the buck
and put his tag on it. The father stated that the son was in a deer
stand and they would meet me at the campsite. Both the father and
son were given citations for unlawful transfer of permits and the
son was also issued a citation for failure to immediately tag the
buck. He was also issued a written warning for falsification in
reporting the deer as his father’s kill.

A CPO responded to a hunting without permission complaint in
Williamson County. The Carterville man was in his treestand on
private property without permission. The stand was only 106 yards
from the property owner’s house. He was cited for hunting without
permission and given written warnings for unsigned deer permit and
hunting within 300 yards of a residence. The man had been told the
year before not to hunt on this landowner’s property.

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