Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 11, 2019
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis
In Henry County, CPO Posateri responded to a complaint of an unauthorized pop-up deer blind too close to a residence. A hunter from Kewanee was cited for the violation since he was less than 300 yards as required.
In Henry County, while conducing deer enforcement during firearm deer season, CPOs Wagner and Finn found a truck parked alongside the road. After finding an uncased bow in the backseat, the CPOs walked the property looking for the hunter. While walking the property, a baited area was discovered. The hunter was found and questioned about the crossbow and who was hunting the baited area. After a short investigation, the following citations were issued: unlawful attempt to take white-tailed deer, hunting by use or aid of bait, transporting an uncased crossbow, failure to report harvest, and failure to immediately tag deer upon kill.
In Jo Daviess County, during an archery deer hunting compliance check, CPO Hoftender found that an Elgin man had used his wife’s landowner permits to take two deer. The man was issued citations for possession of the illegally taken deer and warned for falsification of records – use of another’s deer permit.
In Jo Daviess County, CPOs Hoftender and Alt conducted a field compliance check on three muzzleloader hunters. One of the hunters was hunting from his parked ATV. A citation was issued for an uncased gun, and a warning was issued for unsigned deer permits.
In Mercer County, CPO Posateri conducted deer enforcement during the firearm deer season. A hunter was observed walking very slowly out of the field. A compliance check was conducted, and the hunter stated that he was just walking slowly because of the snow on the ground and the bright moon overhead. The Moline hunter was cited for having his weapon loaded nearly 30 minutes after hunting hours were closed.
In Mercer County, CPO Posateri was contacted by a hunter who was calling to “turn himself in for a mistake he made.” He had two antlerless only permits, but he had shot a doe and a buck. The CPO met with the hunter, and he was issued a citation for the spike buck.
In Ogle County, CPO Beltran investigated a report of trespassers on private property. Several trail camera photographs were taken of two men walking in a posted area. One of the men had an arrow in his hand, and it appeared they were tracking wounded game. The landowner was determined to have the hunters prosecuted. After a short investigation, the two subjects were identified and interviewed. It was determined that they did have permission from the very same landowner that wanted them arrested. No violation occurred, and they were not charged.
In Rock Island County, CPO Francisko was contacted by a hunter regarding a neighbor’s four dogs chasing deer. The complainant witnessed this activity from a tree stand on several occasions when he was deer hunting, and he observed the dogs on several trail cameras. The complainant had asked the neighbor to maintain control of his dogs and explained it was ruining his deer hunting. The talk seemed to have no effect. The complainant gave a detailed statement which included times, dates, and pictures of the dogs. The CPO gave the neighbor a copy of the hunting digest, and a citation was issued for the violation. The CPO advised the subject that the dogs need to be kept on his own property and under control, or he could also be cited under a county ordinance.
In Putnam County, CPO Finn checked two hunters near Hennepin, and the hunters were found to be hunting with unplugged shotguns. One was hunting by use or aid of bait, and the other did not have a valid FOID card. Both hunters received citations for hunting with unplugged guns. One hunter received additional citations for unlawful take of deer, hunting by use of bait, and feeding deer. The other hunter received additional citations for possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card and failure to wear blaze orange. Both subjects have mandatory court dates.
In Fulton County, While on patrol during the second firearm season, CPOs Thompson and Elliott located a blood trail in the snow between a pair of ATV tracks. The CPOs followed the trail and located an untagged deer in a shed near a farm house. The ATV was tracked to a hunting cabin, and the hunter was interviewed. The man admitted to the unlawful take and possession of the untagged deer. Citations were issued for failure to report harvest and failure to tag immediately upon kill. Written warnings were issued for additional violations.
In Hancock County, CPO Wheatley received a call from a landowner regarding an untagged nine-point buck hanging in his barn, and he did not know who it belonged to or where it came from. The investigation revealed that the deer was shot the evening prior by a Plymouth man. That man left the deer in the barn and planned picked it up the next morning. The man said he shot it, recovered it, and hung it in the barn because there was not enough room in his truck to bring it home. He said he forgot to put the tag on it, and he did not call it in. Citations were issued for possession of an untagged deer and failure to tag immediately upon harvest. A written warning was also issued for not calling it in by 10 p.m.
Northeast Zone – Capt. Brett Scroggins
In Will County, CPO Reid responded to a complaint from staff at the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area. It was reported that an individual was shooting at pheasants from the window of their vehicle as they drove along the roadway. The offender and vehicle were identified, and the subject was interviewed. The subject was arrested for hunting with the aid of a vehicle, shooting from a roadway, and transportation of an uncased weapon.
In Will County, while investigating an anonymous complaint of hunting without permission on private property during the second firearm season, CPO Honiotes spoke with an archery deer hunter who was not wearing blaze orange. Multiple types of bait were located at various locations within shooting distance of the tree stand. The investigation also revealed that the hunter had harvested a deer during the first firearm deer season and failed to bring it to a manned check station as required in CWD positive counties. Multiple citations were issued to the hunter.
In Cook County, CPO Ausmus investigated a complaint of a Palos Park resident housing wild ducks overnight. The complainant believed the resident was luring ducks off the subdivision’s pond every evening and allowing them to roost in her garage. He contacted the homeowner, and it was discovered she was in possession of two wild mallards. The resident claimed she got them as orphans four years ago and has raised them since they were ducklings. The resident was educated on her violations, and the ducks were transferred to a licensed rehabilitation facility.
In Cook County, CPO Sanford completed an investigation regarding the unlawful deer hunting of a property within Cook County. Four individuals had hunted the property unlawfully from December 2017 to November 2018. Numerous interviews were conducted, and multiple violations to the Illinois Wildlife Code were discovered. The violations included falsification, unlawful hunting by use/aid of bait, and unlawful take of white-tailed deer. A total of 14 citations and seven written warnings were issued for deer hunting violations. The skull cap and antlers of four separate white-tailed bucks unlawfully taken on the property were seized.
In Livingston County, while on patrol, CPO Kaufman saw a field dressed deer hanging in a tree in front of a house; and from the road, he could not see a tag on the deer. He parked his squad and walked up to take a closer look. The deer was not tagged. The homeowner/hunter was asked why the deer was not tagged, and the hunter said he forgot. A citation was issued, and the deer was tagged.
In DeWitt County, While patrolling Clinton Lake, CPO Viverito found a pickup truck parked in a common hunting location, and he observed blood and hair in the bed of the truck. When the man returned from the woods, a compliance check was conducted. Several hunting violations were confirmed, and appropriate enforcement action was taken.
In DuPage County, CPO Mooi received a tip regarding a possible illegally taken deer in Jo Daviess County. Since the hunter lived in DuPage County, he conducted the follow-up interview. The hunter stated that he shot a doe. When he went to tag the deer, he could not find his permits. The hunter purchased another set of permits and tagged and harvested the deer later that day. The hunter was found to have purchased deer archery permits which would have been valid during the time of his hunt. The individual was issued a written warning for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill.
In DuPage County, CPO Mooi received a complaint about a man possibly in possession of a state endangered species. The resident stated that he was attempting to obtain a permit for the snake; however, the permit must be issued before possession of the species can begin. The man finally admitted to possessing the snake. A citation was issued for unlawful possession of an endangered species without a permit, and the man will appear in court in late December.
South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes
In Clark County, CPO Wellum worked with an investigator from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. After interviewing the Indiana resident, CPO Wellum issued him a citation for failure to call in harvested deer, and a written warning was issued for no valid deer permit during second firearm season. In a separate incident, CPO Wellum worked with an investigator from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and interviewed an Illinois resident. Several discrepancies were noted during the interview which will result in multiple citations issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A deer head was seized from a taxidermist.
In Moultrie County, CPO Moody received a complaint of a truck shining fields and someone possibly shooting out of the truck’s window. He located the truck and recovered an uncased rifle that was between the driver and the passenger. A spotlight was also found in the truck. There were four men in the truck, and they received citations and warnings.
In Randolph County, while on patrol during the second firearm deer season, CPO Sievers and Sgt. Manker observed a large buck and doe standing in a field. As they stopped to look at the deer, they heard a gunshot. The deer ran to opposite side of the tree line. A hunter in full camouflage and carrying a gun stood up from the base of a power pole. As they were speaking with the subject, they observed a man driving down the county road on an ATV. The hunter’s friend had pushed the deer from the cedar thicket on state property. Both hunters had been waterfowl hunting when they observed the large buck and doe bed down. They borrowed a shotgun and slugs to shoot the deer. The hunter stated that he was attempting to shoot the doe, but the blood trail proved he had hit the buck. The hunter was issued citations for unlawfully hunting without valid permits and no blaze orange. He was also issued a written warning for attempting to take a third buck. The hunter’s friend was issued a citation for accessory to hunting without a valid deer permit.
In St. Clair County, While conducting deer enforcement, CPO Schachner observed a pickup truck driving through fields and spotlighting. Due to terrain and distance, he was unable to reach the poachers prior to their departure; however, he was able to obtain identifiers from the truck. Nearly six hours later, CPO Schachner stopped the same truck as it spotlighted fields at the same location. The Florida subjects possessed spotlights and a loaded, uncased rifle with an infrared scope. The CPO was able to determine that a third subject (the truck’s owner) was driving/spotlighting during the first spotlighting episode. The rifle and spotlights were seized, and the three subjects were issued a total of eight tickets for spotlighting, no hunting licenses, and uncased firearm.
In St. Clair County, during the second firearms deer season, CPO Schachner checked a firearm deer hunter who failed to tag a small doe he killed. The poacher butchered the deer and concealed the meat in a small shed. During the first firearms deer season the same subject also failed to tag a doe deer and record the harvest. The subject received two citations and multiple written warnings. The deer meat was seized and donated to a local family.
In Saline County, CPO Johnson received information about a subject killing bucks and not tagging them. After walking the area, he discovered deer carcasses in a ditch. He continued to walk the area and found a deer blind. The area around the blind was baited with salt and sweet potatoes. The subject was located hunting from another blind that was also baited. The subject admitted killing multiple bucks. CPO Johnson had the subject take him to the deer heads. A nine-point buck was found to be tagged with a landowner permit, but it was killed on another’s property. The subject admitted to killing the deer over bait. A ten-point buck was found without a permit attached. The subject was issued five citations.
In Williamson County, CPO Johnson found an ATV parked in a field, and he heard a shot. He waited for the hunter to return to the ATV. The hunter was not wearing a blaze orange hat, and there was deer blood on the ATV. The hunter admitted to illegally killing a deer the week prior. They walked down to the deer the hunter shot, and CPO Johnson observed the hunter’s muzzleloader sitting on top of the deer. No permit was attached to the deer. The subject was cited for unlawful take of a deer and failure to tag.
In Johnson County, CPO Vasicek, with assistance from US Forest Service Officer Harris, arrested three Georgia subjects on multiple wildlife violations. These violations included unlawful hunting white-tailed deer without permits, no hunting licenses, operation of UTVs with uncased, loaded shotguns and crossbow, hunting with aid of a motor vehicle, and unlawful take and possession of a white-tailed buck. Two firearms, one crossbow, a UTV, and a buck were seized.