Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 28, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1

• During the 2016 deer archery season, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, was dispatched to Morrow County based on a Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) call about a man shooting a deer with a rifle. He spoke with the complainant who had witnessed a man shoot a deer with a gun during archery season. The complainant stated that the deer was about 15 yards from where he was hunting in his treestand when he heard a shot and watched the deer react. A short time later, a man walked by the hunter’s treestand, threw the deer over his back, and walked away. The complainant believed he knew where the deer was taken and showed officer Grote on a map. Officer Grote and state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, went to the residence with a Morrow County deputy and spoke with the suspect and two other men at the house. Further investigation revealed that the deer had been shot with a .22 rifle and brought back to the house where it was processed by the three men. The deer was not tagged and the man who shot it did not have a hunting license, a deer permit, or permission to hunt where he shot the deer. The man who shot the deer was issued three summonses and the other two men were also each issued a summons for aiding in the violation. All were found guilty in Morrow County Municipal Court and ordered to pay a total of $800 in fines and court costs. Their hunting licenses were revoked for two years and both the deer and firearm were forfeited to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

• During the summer of 2016, state wildlife officer Michael Budd, assigned to Knox County, was patrolling Brinkhaven Wildlife Area when he observed several men and women drive off the road to a remote spot at the wildlife area. Officer Budd observed the individuals build a fire and drink alcoholic beverages. Later, officer Budd attempted to contact the individuals as they were leaving. The truck stopped and one individual fled out of the truck, sprinting into the woods and ignoring officer Budd’s commands to stop. Several citations were issued to the individuals in the truck for drinking and driving off-road. Each was found guilty and paid a $225 fine. The individual who fled the scene was identified and was contacted at his residence several days later. It was later discovered he had run because he was drinking under the age of 21. He was issued a summons to court for under age consumption and disobeying a lawful order. The individual was found guilty of both charges and ordered to pay $500 in fines and serve 10 days in jail.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2

• While checking anglers at the Huron boat ramp in early December, state wildlife officer Kelsey Brockman, assigned to Erie County, encountered a boat that was violating a no-wake requirement. When contacted and asked about their day fishing, the group stated that they had caught their limit of walleyes. Officer Brockman warned the group about the wake violation and checked the individuals’ fishing licenses and counted their fish. The group was found to be one walleye over their daily bag limit. The individual who claimed the extra fish was cited and paid $150 in fines and court costs.

• Throughout the summer months, state wildlife officers from around Ohio often work with Lake Erie investigators to patrol Lake Erie. In June, state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, took advantage of the opportunity to assist and was working with Lake Erie investigator Kevin Good in the vicinity of Kelley’s Island when they observed a boat with three individuals fishing for walleyes. When they contacted the individuals on the boat and counted their fish, they discovered that the anglers were in possession of 23 walleyes, five over the limit. Additionally, all of the walleyes the anglers had on board were less than the 15-inch minimum length. All of the walleyes were seized as evidence and each angler was issued a summons for being over the limit of walleye and possession of walleye less than 15 inches. The officers continued their work that day and issued four additional summonses to anglers for possession of undersized fish, seizing a total of 27 walleyes, which were later donated to the local community.

Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3

• State wildlife officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, was patrolling the shoreline of the Ohio River when he observed multiple vehicles pulled off in an area frequented by anglers. Officer Porter exited his patrol vehicle and observed numerous individuals along the river bank. Four individuals were fishing while others were drinking alcoholic beverages. He contacted the group, identified himself, and asked to check the fishing licenses of everyone who was fishing. Two individuals did not have a valid license. While escorting the men back to his patrol vehicle to issue them summonses, he observed the men who were drinking dispose of their cans along the riverbank. As officer Porter was finishing writing the summonses, the group who were drinking left in their vehicle. Officer Porter performed a traffic stop and issued summonses to two of the passengers for stream litter. All four men cited by officer Porter appeared in front of a judge in Jefferson County Court and were convicted. The men fishing without a valid license were each ordered to pay $235 in fines and court costs, and the individuals charged with stream litter each paid $335 in fines and court costs.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4

• In September 2016, state wildlife investigator Heath Horn was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office about a search warrant at a residence involving illegally taken deer and wild turkey. The owner had previously been involved in a ginseng investigation during 2015. A search at the suspect’s residence by the Pike County investigators uncovered illegally harvested deer antlers and turkey parts. After speaking with the suspect, investigator Horn also found a box of wild ginseng in the loft of an outbuilding. The box contained 1,387 dry wild ginseng roots, which weighed approximately 3 pounds. Officer Horn seized the ginseng, 85 deer parts, and one turkey fan. The suspect was convicted in Pike County Court and received 180 days in jail, five years of probation, and his hunting and ginseng privileges were revoked for five years. All seized items were forfeited to the state.

• State wildlife officer Brad St. Clair, assigned to Noble County, was contacted by a concerned citizen in reference to three large piles of trash on AEP ReCreation Land. After an investigation, officer St. Clair identified two individuals responsible for dumping the trash. The first individual was issued two citations for littering in Noble County and one citation for littering in Guernsey County. The individual was found guilty in Noble County Court and was ordered to pay $738 in fines and court costs. Additionally, she was ordered to serve 15 days in jail (10 days suspended). She was also found guilty in Cambridge Municipal Court and was ordered to pay $100 in fines and court costs, and was given 60 days of suspended jail time. The second individual was issued one citation for littering in Guernsey County. He was found guilty in Cambridge Municipal Court and was ordered to pay $250 in fines and court costs. Additionally, he was ordered to serve five days in jail, which were suspended. The suspended jail time in both courts was contingent on the individuals cleaning up and removing the trash from AEP ReCreation Land.

Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5

• While watching two individuals who were fishing at Stonelick Lake in Clermont County, state wildlife officer Gus Kiebel, assigned to Clermont County, and state wildlife officer Eric Lamb, assigned to Brown County, watched as the fishermen tossed bottles into the woods. Before the men stopped fishing, both officers were dispatched to another call. The officers later returned to Stonelick Lake and discovered that the men had left the area but did not take their bottles with them. Using information they had obtained earlier, officers Kiebel and Lamb were able to locate both men and issue each a summons for littering. The men were convicted in Clermont County Municipal Court and each paid a $175 fine.

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