Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – November 18th, 2016

Division of Wildlife

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1

• While on patrol, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, was contacted by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office regarding two deer carcasses dumped in a road ditch along with other personal information. Officer Elster searched the license system for the individual listed in the personal information. Harvest records revealed the individual had purchased only one deer permit and had checked in one deer the day before. Officer Elster then contacted the suspect about the deer carcasses. Further investigation revealed the suspect had killed both deer while hunting. According to the suspect, the second deer was shot after the suspect believed the shot on the first deer had missed. The individual was charged with possessing an untagged deer, removing the head and skin of a deer prior to permanently checking, and litter. The results of the case are still pending.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2

• While patrolling Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area, state wildlife officer Matt Smith, assigned to Defiance County, came across an individual standing next to the door of a vehicle. Just as officer Smith started to leave, he noticed the individual throw a large amount of trash out of the car onto the ground. The officer continued to watch as the person continued to throw trash out of the car. Shortly thereafter, the person got into the car and began to leave the area. Officer Smith stopped the vehicle and informed the driver what he had witnessed. The individual was subsequently issued a summons for littering.

• While patrolling Pipe Creek Wildlife Area during early teal hunting season, state wildlife officer Kelsey Brockman, assigned to Erie County, and state wildlife investigator Kevin Good observed an individual fishing in Sandusky Bay. During all waterfowl seasons, Pipe Creek Wildlife Area is posted off-limits except to those possessing a hunting access permit. The officers contacted the individual to inform him of the regulations. Further investigation revealed the individual did not possess a fishing license. The man was cited for fishing without a license and paid $150 in fines and court costs.

Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3

• State wildlife officer Eric Moore, assigned to Medina County, and now-retired state wildlife investigator Rick Louttit were on patrol during deer-gun season after legal hunting hours when they noticed a vehicle parked in an open field. As they approached, they noticed a hunter coming out of the woods, staggering back and forth, and stumbling toward the vehicle. Officer Moore and investigator Louttit stopped the man and asked to see his shotgun. While the individual was speaking to the officers they smelled an odor of alcohol on the man’s breath, and his speech was heavily slurred. A field sobriety test revealed that he was unable to perform basic tasks. Based on the man’s inebriated state, the officers seized the firearm and issued the man a summons for possessing a firearm while intoxicated. A ride was coordinated for the individual. The man was convicted and paid more than $200 in fines and court costs, and the firearm was forfeited to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

• During Memorial Day weekend, state wildlife officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, and state wildlife officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, received a complaint from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office regarding an individual who drove through a farmer’s crop field and was fishing in his pond without permission. The officers responded to the property and contacted the suspect. The man stated that he had obtained permission last year to fish in the pond but could not provide the landowner’s name or any type of written permission. The landowner was contacted again and was adamant that he had not given anyone permission to fish. The individual was issued a summons for fishing without permission and ordered to appear in Jefferson County Court. He was convicted and paid $250 in fines and court costs.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4

• State wildlife officer Eric Lane, assigned to Perry County, was checking anglers on Branch Run Creek when he located a vehicle parked near the creek. Officer Lane was unable to locate anyone near or around the vehicle. After walking downstream a short distance, he was able to see where a culvert went under the road and located an individual fishing. Officer Lane asked the individual if he was doing any good and the angler said he had caught a couple of fish. Further investigation revealed the individual did not have a valid fishing license. The individual was cited for fishing without a license and paid fines and court costs of $125.

Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5

• While on patrol, state wildlife officer Brad Turner, assigned to Preble County, was checking anglers for fishing licenses and compliance with bag and size limits at Acton Lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Officer Turner contacted one man and asked to see his fishing license and the fish in his basket. Further investigation revealed the man was in possession of four undersized crappies. The man was cited for harvesting undersized crappies and paid $145 in fines for the violation.

Division of Watercraft

Northwest District 

• While patrolling Ward’s Canal in Lucas County, an officer observed a 12-foot boat with three children onboard wearing life jackets and one adult. The vessel had a valid Michigan registration, but there were no Michigan registration numbers displayed. The officer met up with the boat at the launch ramp and determined that the vessel was overloaded. A vessel safety inspection revealed that the operator had all the necessary safety equipment on board the vessel. The officer advised the operator that the vessel was overloaded and that it was necessary to remain within the boat’s capacity. The officer terminated the boat outing due to the unsafe nature of the capacity violation. The operator was given a warning for not having numbers properly displayed on the vessel and was advised not to return to the water until this was corrected.

• While on patrol on the Maumee River after dark, officers observed a vessel with no white light displayed approaching a launch ramp at Walbridge Park in Toledo. The officers stopped the vessel and conducted a safety inspection, which revealed that there were only three adult life jackets and two children’s life jackets on board for the four adults on the vessel. The operator was advised that there has to be a properly sized life jacket for each passenger on board and was issued a citation for the violation. The operator was also given a warning for not having proper navigation lights and advised not to return to the water until they had the correct number of life jackets required onboard and proper lighting on the vessel.

• While patrolling the Ottawa River, officers observed a vessel operating with its docking lights on between the hours of sunset and sunrise. The docking lights were obstructing the red and green navigation lights. The officers made contact with the vessel and observed several empty beer cans on the boat. While completing a vessel safety inspection, officers noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the operator. One officer asked the operator how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed and the operator said the he probably drank too much. After completing field sobriety tests, it was determined the operator did indeed drink too much to operate a vessel. The operator was charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol. The operator paid $250 in fines and court costs, and had to successfully complete a drug and alcohol diversion program and an Ohio Boating Education Course.

• On opening day of the Lake Erie Zone Waterfowl season, an officer was on patrol before sunrise at Metzger’s Marsh Wildlife Area, in Lucas County, when he observed a vessel with no navigation lights with three hunters standing next to it. The officer made contact with the hunters and advised them that they needed navigation lights if they were going to be boating between the hours of sunset and sunrise. The officer performed a vessel safety inspection and found that the hunters did not have life jackets and that the boat was going to be overloaded by people and gear. The officer advised the hunters that they needed to correct the violations prior to going hunting. After a short while, the hunters were able obtain the proper number of life jackets and unload equipment so that they were in compliance with the capacity of the boat.

• While on patrol on the Ottawa River, officers heard traffic on the marine band radio of a vessel that had struck bottom and was taking on water near the Toledo shipping channel. The officers arrived on scene along with the U.S. Coast Guard to find a 31-foot boat run aground on one of the mud humps on the north side of the shipping channel. Everyone on board was okay with no injuries and it was determined the vessel was not taking on a significant amount of water. A safety inspection was conducted and showed the vessel was missing several pieces of safety equipment, including three adult life jackets. The vessel was towed back to port by a towing company and the operator was issued a citation for not having enough wearable life jackets on board. The operator paid a total of $147 in fines and costs.

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