Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — May 12, 2017
Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1
• In January, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received a complaint from a property manager stating that he had found deer remains on the property and suspected that hunters from an adjacent property had trespassed to recover a deer without written permission. Officer Smith and state wildlife officer Marty Cisine, assigned to Trumbull County, conducted interviews with two suspects, who were brothers. Further investigation by the officers revealed that both subjects trespassed onto the adjacent property to recover a deer. Each subject was charged with hunting without permission. One suspect paid $460 in fines and court costs and lost his privilege to hunt in Logan County for one year. The other suspect paid $465 in fines and court costs and lost his privilege to hunt in the State of Ohio for one year. Earlier that year, that suspect had been convicted of killing a deer in Logan County and reporting that the deer was killed in Shelby County.
• After receiving information from a concerned citizen who had called the Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline, state wildlife officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, responded to a call out of Fairfield County in regard to a Canada goose being shot. Upon arriving at the location, further investigation by officer Muldovan revealed that a man had shot a goose on his pond with a pistol to try to scare away a group of geese. The man was issued a summons and paid $140 in fines and court costs. Canada geese are a federally-protected species. Contact your local state wildlife officer or your nearest district office if you have a nuisance goose situation.
Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2
• State wildlife officer Josh Zientek, assigned to Fulton County, was on patrol during the statewide deer gun season when he received a call from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office about someone deer hunting without permission. Officer Zientek and deputy Brian Marvin went to the suspect’s residence and observed a 9-point buck in a pole barn. After speaking with the suspect, the officers discovered that the suspect had been driving a vehicle on the property adjacent to the complainant’s when he saw a buck lying down in the woods and decided to shoot it from the vehicle. However, based on information discovered during the investigation, the deer had not been shot on the complainant’s property. Officer Zientek issued the appropriate summonses to the suspect who appeared in Fulton County Western District Court. The suspect was found guilty and the 9-point deer was forfeited to the DNR Division of Wildlife.
• During the 2016 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Ryan Kennedy, assigned to Hardin County, observed a hunter in a field walking toward the road. Upon contacting the hunter and determining he was deer hunting, officer Kennedy asked to see his hunting license and deer permit. Further investigation revealed the hunter had a successful morning, taking an antlerless deer. As officer Kennedy was questioning the hunter as to where the deer was located, a truck drove by and the hunter informed officer Kennedy the untagged deer was in the bed of the truck. The hunter was issued a citation for failing to tag a deer and paid a $150 fine plus court costs.
Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3
• State wildlife officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, was patrolling Fernwood State Forest when he observed two individuals shooting at the firearms range. The men made eye contact with officer Porter and waved as he drove by. Shortly thereafter officer Porter returned to the area and noticed that the men were gone but all of their targets and ammo boxes had been left behind. Officer Porter located the men a short time later and initiated a traffic stop. As he approached the vehicle, officer Porter observed empty beer cans strewn throughout the vehicle. After a brief conversation, he determined that both individuals were highly intoxicated. Officer Porter quickly secured the firearm and had both individuals step out of the truck while he contacted the Ohio State Highway Patrol who arrived on scene several minutes later. Officer Porter issued both men summonses for littering on state land and open container. The Ohio State Highway Patrol charged the driver with OVI. Both the driver and passenger were released to their spouses and the firearm was turned over to the owner’s wife. Both men were convicted in Jefferson County Court and each paid $350 in fines and court costs and ordered to complete 20 hours of community service.
Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4
• During deer season, state wildlife officer Eric Lane, assigned to Perry County, was on patrol when he received a phone call from a property owner who believed there were hunters on his property without permission. Officer Lane arrived in the area a short time later and noticed several individuals leaving the adjacent property. After speaking with the group of hunters, officer Lane determined the group was walking the boundary between the two properties. While checking the hunters for licenses and deer permits, officer Lane found two individuals who did not have valid deer permits and he also located a deer in the bed of a truck that did not have a temporary tag. Officer Lane issued three summons to three of the hunters. Two summonses were issued for hunting without a valid deer permit, and one summons was issued for failure to temporarily tag a deer.
• State wildlife officer Ted Witham, assigned to Jackson County, was on patrol during the deer gun weekend when he noticed a vehicle parked next to a property that is leased by several individuals who strictly bowhunt. Officer Witham contacted one of the lease members by phone to see if someone was legally hunting on the property that day, and discovered that no one had been given permission to hunt the property. Acting on this information, officer Witham followed footprints to a treestand in the woods. After making contact with the hunter, officer Witham learned that two additional hunters were in the woods. Officer Witham had the hunter contact the two other individuals by cell phone and tell them to meet at the treestand. After speaking with the group, officer Witham determined that none of the individuals had written permission to hunt there. Officer Witham issued three citations to the group for hunting without written permission. All three individuals were found guilty in Jackson County Municipal Court and each paid $385 in fines and court costs.
Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5
• State wildlife officer Jasmine Grossnickle, assigned to Miami County, received a complaint concerning individuals hunting without permission at Cliffside Golf Course. The manager of the property called after he heard two shots and recovered two empty 12-gauge shotgun shells. The manager said he had seen one hunter walking toward the rental house at the front of the property. Officer Grossnickle arrived in the area and observed two men wearing camouflage and standing outside the rental house. At their feet were a pellet gun and .22 caliber rifle. When contacted by officer Grossnickle, the two men denied hunting and said that they were just walking around the property. Officer Grossnickle asked the men to walk her to the area they had come from, and as the men were walking, officer Grossnickle discovered a loaded, 12-gauge shotgun lying along the path as a third young man walked out from behind the bushes. The third man stated that the shotgun was his and that he had shot at a squirrel twice. None of the men had completed hunter education nor had a valid hunting license. The group was given a warning for hunting without permission. The two adult men were issued citations and each paid a waiver of $130 in Miami County Municipal Court for hunting without licenses. The other individual, a juvenile, was issued a warning for the violations he had committed.