Region I – Captain Laura Petreikis
District 1: Carroll, Henry, JoDaviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside counties
CPO Hoogerwerf began a watercraft title/registration investigation in Jo Daviess County. An abandoned 13-foot “V” bottom fishing boat has been sitting at Ferry Landing in Galena for the past few years. The Galena Boat Club would like to have the watercraft removed from their property and a Galena resident is interested in taking possession. Attempts are being made to determine the owner. If the owner’s identity cannot be determined, the watercraft will be deemed abandoned and titling will be approved per 625 ILCS 45/3C-9.
CPO Hoogerwerf conducted assigned “random commercial inspections.” All inspections were of resident retail aquatic life dealers. Five business facilities in Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties were inspected for indigenous aquatic life and their purchase records. The manager of the Freeport Cub Foods was issued a written warning for failure to purchase a resident retail aquatic life dealers license.
While conducting business inspections in Mercer County, CPO Petreikis learned that two subjects had illegally netted fish and turtles from a local pond. Both subjects were cited and a snapping turtle was seized. One of the subjects was cited for records violations regarding the sale of fish. The other subject was cited for taking a snapping turtle during a closed season.
CPO Petreikis conducted a deer harvest report investigation. He arrested three subjects for taking deer illegally. The parts of two deer were seized.
District 6: Boone, Bureau, DeKalb, LaSalle, Putnam and Winnebago counties
CPO Murry conducted multiple hunter compliance checks around Shabbona Lake State Park on Christmas Eve. Two hunters were issued written warnings for unsigned archery permits. Those violations were corrected immediately. One hunter was issued a written warning for having his crossbow loaded after legal hunting hours. The violation was explained and corrected.
Sgt. Frazier issued a subject a citation after he received a complaint of a subject hunting within 300 yards of an inhabited dwelling. The treestand was measured with a range finder. The subject was hunting 97 yards from the house.
CPO Kaufman assisted an individual who was looking for her lost dog in Illini State Park. The dog got out of its collar. With its new found freedom, the dog decided to go for a leisurely run. The dog was located after a 30-minute search.
Sgt. Frazier received a report from a park employee who struck an eagle with his state truck after it flew out of a road ditch in Putnam County. The bird was located and determined to be a golden eagle. It was placed into an evidence freezer and will be turned over to USFWS.
CPO Fraser was assigned an administrative investigation from the DNR Point of Sale system in reference to permit violations during archery deer season. CPO Fraser met with the subject of the investigation and took a statement from him. The subject stated he had been hunting on Oct. 2 when he saw and shot at a whitetail doe, the subject stated he believed he missed the deer so he remained in his stand. Approximately 45 minutes later, the subject saw two more deer, a fawn and a doe; the subject shot and killed both deer. When the subject went to retrieve his arrows and the two deer he shot, he noticed the first deer he shot at had been killed. The subject tagged the two whitetail does and left the fawn lay. The next morning the subject purchased two more archery whitetail deer tags over the counter and returned to the fawn, attached a permit and checked it in via phone. CPO Fraser issued the subject three written warnings for hunting without valid whitetail deer permit, failure to tag whitetail deer immediately upon harvest, and failure to check in deer prior to 10 p.m. on day of harvest.
District 7: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, Marshall, McDonough, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties
CPO Lazzell and the East Galesburg Police Department investigated a complaint in reference to the illegal dumping of a deer carcass and plastic buckets along a roadway in Knox County. During the interview of the person who reported the harvest of the deer, it was determined he had gifted the deer to a Galesburg man. The Galesburg man explained he processed the deer at his residence and then discarded the carcass and three plastic buckets containing deer parts along the roadway. The Galesburg man was issued an East Galesburg city ordinance fine of $200 for the illegal dumping of the plastic buckets and issued a written warning by CPO Lazzell for the illegal dumping of the deer carcass along the roadway.
CPO Scott Avery issued four citations for deer hunting violations to a Peoria County resident. The subject pleaded guilty to hunting without permission and deer hunting with no valid deer permit. The judge sentenced the subject to pay $977 in fines/fees and given 12 months supervision.
Region II – Capt. Brett Scroggins
District 2: Kane, Lake and McHenry counties
CPO Hurt conducted a traffic stop in Fox Lake for expired registration on a passenger car. The driver was cited for operation of a motor vehicle with expired registration, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving while suspended.
CPO Wagner cited a subject for hunting pheasant with lead shot. A written warning was also issued for not wearing a blaze orange cap.
CPO Wagner cited a subject for hunting migratory waterfowl (geese) without a federal waterfowl stamp. CPO Wagner cited a subject for hunting migratory waterfowl (geese) with an unplugged shotgun. CPO Kelley issued a written warning to a waterfowl hunter in Lake County. The man had a HIP certification for Indiana, but not for Illinois. He did, however, have a state waterfowl stamp. As such, he was informed he needed to register with HIP in every jurisdiction he hunted.
CPO Winters and CPO Davis were checking waterfowl hunters in McHenry County where they observed a group hunting in a field. A compliance check was conducted resulting in one citation for hunting without a state waterfowl stamp and four written warnings for failure to maintain separate bag limits.
District 3: Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties
CPO Bergland checked two waterfowl hunters and found that they had not maintained separate bag limits. One of the hunters didn’t have his license on his person or a state waterfowl stamp. One citation and three warnings were issued.
CPO Reid stopped a deer hunter on property owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The individual stated he knew he was trespassing and had been previously warned. He admitted to mowing a trail through the property so he could ride his ATV and snowmobile and also to cutting down trees to make shooting lanes, including a live oak tree approximately 30-foot tall. The individual also had a “hitter pipe” and a small amount of cannabis in his pocket. He was arrested for: hunting without permission, invalidated archery permits, and destruction of private property. His compound bow was seized.
Region III – Capt. Jim Mayes
District 11: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties
CPO Moody responded to a trespassing complaint as well as illegal dumping of deer carcasses. A subject from the town of Windsor was cited.
CPO Barnes and CPO Moody responded to a subject who accidently trapped a bobcat. The bobcat was seized, however no enforcement action taken.
District 19: Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Macon, McLean, Piatt and Vermilion counties
CPO Wright followed up on a deer investigation involving a Mount Zion man. The subject was found to be hunting without a valid hunting license, habitat stamp and deer permit. The man admitted to shooting a 7-pointer and knew that he did not have any of the proper permits. Enforcement action was taken.
CPO Graden has an ongoing investigation into a Pennsylvania resident fraudulently obtaining an Illinois resident hunting license and archery deer permits during the 2013 deer season. He is working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission on this violation.
Region IV – Capt. Jamie Maul
District 9: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike and Schuyler counties
CPO Blakeley received an anonymous tip from a hunter. The complainant stated he was hunting at night and heard one rifle shot near his location. He advised that in the past he had trail cam pictures of people trespassing on the property. He advised a local resident in the area called him and informed him a local hunter shot a deer on Sunday and was showing pictures of it to people. He advised it was a large deer. The complainant advised he had multiple trail cam pictures of the deer described.The hunter was telling people he shot the deer with a crossbow. A check through the DNR database indicated the possible suspect reported a harvest. The harvest report indicated it was a large buck and was shot with a crossbow. CPO Blakeley made contact with the subject. After a lengthy interview in the field, the subject admitted to trespassing, shooting the deer with a high-powered rifle, and recording the harvest with his archery permit.
CPO Wheatley did a license check on a hunter with a buck in the bed of his truck. Upon looking at the deer for tags, he saw a dead raccoon with a visible mark on its foot from a trap. Upon further investigation, two dog-proof traps were found. The hunter said he wasn’t trapping, but after an interview he admitted to trapping the raccoon without a trapping license.
District 10 (Sgt. Chris Stone): Cass, Christian, Logan, Mason, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott counties
CPOs Swance and Bettis investigated the unlawful taking of a deer with less than four points on one side. Two Sangamon County subjects were each issued citations for the unlawful harvest. The deer was taken from Jim Edgar Panther Creek.
CPO Swance was patrolling for waterfowl activities when he observed a couple of hunters set up to hunt geese. As he watched the pair from a distance, the legal hunting hours passed but the hunters remained hidden in layout blinds. At seven minutes past legal hunting hours, the two hunters fired at passing geese, killing two. Before he could make contact, the hunters fired on two more groups of passing geese. Upon contact, the hunters were unsure of legal shooting hours. The late shooting was addressed, and enforcement action was taken.
Region V – Capt. Tim Daiber
District 14: Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Pope, Saline and White counties
CPO Lay and CPO Williams investigated a subject who killed two bucks during one morning hunt. The subject explained he had killed both deer while archery hunting. CPOs determined the subject purchased his second either-sex deer permit 50 minutes after posing in a photograph with both deer. The subject confessed to not having the second permit at the time of harvest.