Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 15, 2019
Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1
On opening day of the 2018 deer gun hunting season, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received information about people potentially hunting deer without wearing the required hunter orange clothing. Officer Smith responded to the area and requested assistance from state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, and wildlife investigator Justus Nethero when it was discovered that the hunters had fled the woodlot. During the investigation, officer Smith located a shotgun that had been left in the woods along with an untagged deer. The officers located the group of hunters hiding in a barn loft on the property. Three subjects were found guilty in Bellefontaine Municipal Court and paid a total of $1,380 in fines and court costs, and each received a one-year hunting license revocation. A Turn-In-a-Poacher reward was given to the caller for taking the time to report the violation. Readers are reminded to call 1-800-POACHER (1-800-762-2437) if you have information about a wildlife violation. You can remain confidential and you may receive a cash reward for the information you provide.
During the 2018 deer gun hunting season, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, and law enforcement supervisor Leighland Arehart were on patrol when they observed a subject sitting in a treestand not wearing hunter orange clothing. Both officer Elster and supervisor Arehart contacted the subject and advised him of the safety requirements for hunting deer with a gun. As the subject got down from the stand, officer Elster asked to see his hunting license and deer permit. The subject had a valid license, but no deer permit. A check of the subject’s gun revealed it was loaded with more than three rounds. The subject was issued a citation for hunting deer without a valid permit. A verbal warning was issued for hunting deer with a firearm loaded with more than three rounds and for not wearing a hunter orange during the deer gun season. The subject was ordered to pay $110 in fines and court costs in Circleville Municipal Court.
Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2
During the 2018 deer gun hunting season, state wildlife officer Matt Smith, assigned to Defiance County, responded to a complaint of hunting without permission. Officer Smith was informed by the landowner that she had witnessed three individuals hunting on an adjoining property. The individuals shot a deer on her property and then quickly dragged it back to where they had permission to hunt. After looking at the scene, officer Smith could clearly see where the deer had been killed, moved onto the adjoining property, and then field dressed. Officer Smith contacted the involved parties and all individuals were cited for hunting without permission. The shooter was also charged with failing to immediately tag the deer where it fell.
State wildlife investigator Brian Bury, assigned to the Lake Erie Unit, received information of a person hunting without permission in Ottawa County. After further investigation, it was discovered that a man had shot at least one deer and not checked it in. It was also discovered that the man was hunting under a hunting license revocation. He was contacted about the violations but refused to turn over the deer. Investigator Bury continued to monitor the case and discovered the suspect had tried to dispose of the illegally-taken deer into the Little Portage River. He was charged with five wildlife violations and paid more than $1,500 in fines, court costs, and restitution. In addition, he spent 33 days in jail, forfeited his crossbow, and had his hunting license revoked for an additional three years.
Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3
During the opening weekend of the early goose and teal hunting season, state wildlife officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, responded to a complaint of individuals shooting from a boat on Tappan Lake. He contacted the hunters and asked to see the birds they had harvested. One of the men reached into the live well and retrieved two Canada geese and four hen mallards. Mallards are not legal game during the early waterfowl season. The men were issued several summonses for taking waterfowl in the closed season and ordered to appear in court. They were convicted and paid $1,510 in fines, court costs, and restitution.
Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4
While on patrol, state wildlife officer Roy Rucker, assigned to Gallia County, contacted several anglers at the R.C. Byrd Dam fishing access on the Ohio River. The group was from out of state and produced their nonresident fishing licenses. The proud anglers began telling stories and showed the officer the sauger that they had caught earlier that morning. The group was properly licensed and within their legal daily bag limits. They were pleased with their success and thanked officer Rucker and all DNR Division of Wildlife employees for the work that they do. Officer Rucker departed after congratulating the happy anglers.
During the 2018-2019 deer gun hunting season, state wildlife officer Brian Baker, assigned to Belmont County, contacted two individuals on an ATV. The individuals stated they were coming from their deer camp and were heading out to hunt. While officer Baker checked their licenses and permits, the men stated they had a deer back at their camp. Officer Baker asked both men to return to the deer camp so he could inspect the deer. Officer Baker found four deer at the camp, three of which were untagged. All three men at the camp were issued a summons for not properly tagging their deer and each paid $195 in fines and court costs. Officer Baker was able to determine that the fourth deer was tagged incorrectly, and was also killed by one of the men at the deer camp. That man was issued additional summonses for taking a deer without possessing a valid deer permit, providing false information when game checking a deer, and attaching a falsified deer permit. He paid an additional $1,605 in fines and court costs, was sentenced to 180 days in jail suspended, was placed on two years of probation, and had his hunting license suspended for two years.
Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5
During the statewide muzzleloader season, state wildlife officer Matt Roberts, assigned to Clinton County, was on patrol when he contacted a deer hunter in a ground blind. The hunter was not wearing the required hunter orange and did not have a hunting license or a deer permit. He was also found to be hunting with an illegal rifle. Officer Roberts charged him for hunting deer with an unlawful rifle and for hunting without a license. The hunter was found guilty and paid $848 in fines and court costs.