Illegal deer tag to benefit food bank
A Madison County food bank will benefit from a London-area man’s failure to properly check and tag the 9-point buck he harvested on the morning of Oct. 1.
Richard L. Turvy, 23, of London, was convicted of the wildlife violation in Madison County Municipal Court on Oct. 24.
Magistrate Christopher Brown suspended a 60-day jail sentence for the third-degree misdemeanor, but fined Turvy $400 and court costs.
Brown also suspended Turvy’s hunting privileges for a year and ordered the man to forfeit both the processed meat and rack from the illegally tagged whitetail. Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders said the venison will go to a local food bank.
Turvy must still pay Warner’s Deer Processing in Union County for converting the meat into jerky, summer sausage and bologna.
Teders said Turvy arrowed the buck, then checked and tagged it in his girlfriend’s name so he could continue to hunt throughout the season. The officer said similar tagging violations are not uncommon in Ohio. He caught Turvy’s actions through the Ohio DNR's new online licensing and check system.
“The new computer system does amazing things,” Teders said.
In court, Brown warned Turvy against future violations of Ohio’s wildlife laws.
“There will be swift and certain penalties for this,” Brown said. “It’s a dangerous endeavor.”