Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 22, 2019
Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis
In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo issued multiple citations to a Thomson man for unlawfully taking a trophy quality buck on property he did not have permission to hunt.
In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo issued a Morrison woman a citation and written warnings for unlawfully taking a young, five-point buck with a crossbow without possessing an archery deer permit or a hunting license.
In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo observed a group of coyote hunters shooting at coyotes from their vehicles, shooting from the roadway, and shooting within 100 yards of an occupied dwelling. Citations are pending.
In Boone County, CPO Alt conducted a compliance check on a firearm deer hunter who was not wearing a solid blaze orange hat or cap as required, and he was educated on the provision. The hunter retrieved a hat that he had in his possession and put it on.
In Lasalle County, CPO Kaufman investigated a hunting accident that occurred during the first CWD firearm season. While getting out of his tripod stand, the hunter handed his loaded shotgun down to his cousin. The cousin lost his grip on the shotgun; and when he regripped the gun, he squeezed the trigger which caused the shotgun to fire. The hunter was struck in the arm and suffered a deep flesh wound. He is expected to make a full recovery.
In Putnam County, CPO Finn encountered a man hunting Canada geese on the last day of season. A compliance check was conducted, and it was found that he was hunting with more than three shells in his shotgun. The man stated that he intentionally added the extra shell, and he was cited for a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells.
In Winnebago County, CPO Alt completed a TIP complaint investigation regarding unlawful trapping of rabbits. It was found that the citizen contracted a licensed nuisance trapper to remove some rabbits that were causing damage. The complaint was unfounded.
In Winnebago County, CPO Alt completed an investigation of unlawful taking and/or possession of wild turkey. The investigation revealed the suspect’s dog attacked and injured a wild turkey in the suspect’s backyard. The suspect decided to shoot the injured turkey with a high-powered rifle and retain it for consumption. The suspect was charged with unlawful taking and/or possession of wild turkey. Warnings were issued for unlawful take of a wild turkey during the closed season and unlawful take of a wild turkey with a rifle.
In Tazewell County, CPOs Gilmer, Lazzell, and Girard conducted a waterfowl compliance check. They talked with the hunters, and one admitted to shooting eight geese. The limit is two. The other hunter was an accessory by taking six of the eight geese from the hunting location, so the first hunter would not get in trouble for shooting too many. The first hunter was issued two citations, and the second hunter was issued a citation for his actions. They both have a court date for the offense.
In Adams County, CPO Blazinic investigated a case involving a deer that was illegally taken. After shooting a deer with a crossbow, the subject realized that he had forgotten to purchase deer permits. The subject left the deer in the woods and drove to Quincy to purchase deer permits. He then tagged the deer and checked it in with the IDNR. The subject was issued a citation for unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer, and written warnings were issued for unlawfully white-tailed deer hunting without a hunting license, unlawfully white-tailed deer hunting without a habitat stamp, and failure to tag deer immediately upon harvest.
In Jersey County, CPO Goetten investigated an illegal buck harvest. The subject harvested a buck without a valid permit, and he tagged the buck with a permit issued to an acquaintance. He was cited, and the buck was seized. His acquaintance was issued written warnings.
In Jersey County, CPO Goetten investigated a Missouri resident who was accused of unlawfully harvesting two bucks in Illinois. Joint interviews were conducted with the assistance of Missouri Conservation Agents. The subject and his Illinois acquaintance admitted to the violations, and one buck was seized. Enforcement action is pending.
In Christian County, CPO Fraser received an anonymous complaint about an illegal buck harvest at Sangchris Lake State Park. The complainant stated that the subject killed a five-point buck at Sangchris Lake and reported the harvest using a different location. Sangchris Lake State Park requires any buck harvested to have at least four points on at least one side of the antlers. He interviewed the suspect, and the subject admitted to the unlawful take of the small buck. The suspect was issued a citation and warnings, and the buck head was seized pending a mandatory court date.
In Logan County, CPO Gilmer seized a rifle and issued four citations to two individuals for shooting at a coyote from the roadway within 30 yards of a residence. After shooting from the roadway, they drove the vehicle into a crop field and continued shooting from the vehicle.
In Sangamon County, CPOs Fraser and Macias received a vague complaint from a concerned citizen about illegal goose hunting. A compliance check was conducted on the goose hunters, and no violations were found. The goose hunters stated that a vehicle stopped in the roadway, and the driver harassed them as one hunter was retrieving a downed bird. The driver then drove down the roadway honking their horn. CPO Fraser called the complainant, and the complainant confirmed most of the hunters’ story. The complainant stated that they had never seen an animal killed in front of them, and they were distraught about the situation. CPO Fraser explained the hunting regulations and laws and warned them about hunter harassment.
Northeast Zone – Sgt. Jed Whitchurch
In Kankakee County, CPO Farber investigated a report of a Kankakee man unlawfully taking a white-tailed deer during the final day of the 2018 muzzleloader season. It was determined that the man unlawfully shot a doe without first obtaining a hunting license, habitat stamp, and muzzleloader permit. He was also in violation of the current blaze orange/pink requirements for the firearm seasons. The subject was educated, and enforcement action was taken.
In Cook County, CPO Sanford attended court regarding an October 2018 salmon snagging case. Three individuals appeared in court for various violations to the Illinois Fish Code, including numerous snagging violations. One individual pled guilty to two counts unlawful snagging. The other two individuals pled not guilty and requested a bench trial. Both individuals were found guilty on multiple counts of unlawful snagging. In total, the individuals received $1,122 in fines and court fees, and each individual was ordered to forfeit all seized fishing equipment to DNR.
In DuPage County, CPO Stanbary issued a citation to a DuPage County hunter who was found to have committed a wildlife violation in Crawford County during the 2018 firearm deer season. The hunter admitted to shooting a button buck; and instead of tagging it with his either sex firearm tag, he left it lay and went to a local store and purchased an antlerless only firearm permit. The hunter stated he did not want to use his either sex tag on the small deer. The hunter was cited to failing to immediately tag his deer upon harvest.
In Cook County, While checking ice fishermen, CPO Stanbary issued warnings to three fishermen for no valid sport fishing license in possession. A fisherman at Maple Lake was issued a warning after he was found using too many fishing devices in a two pole and line only body of water.
In Cook County, CPO Ausmus conducted sport fishing enforcement at various Chicago harbors. He cited a Chicago man for unlawful possession of an over-limit of yellow perch. The subject was found to be in possession of 16 when the limit is 15. One perch was released unharmed.
In Lake County, While on patrol, CPO Winters observed a snowmobile stuck in a ditch along the side of the road; and the operator was trying to get the snowmobile out of the ditch. While talking to the subject and checking for insurance and registration, CPO Winters detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety testing was completed, and the subject was arrested for unlawful operation of a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol.
In McHenry County, CPO Kelley issued a written warning to an individual at a subdivision pond who was harassing geese with a radio-controlled boat.
South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes
In Coles County, CPO Wellum received a complaint of four subjects hunting coyotes without the permission of the landowner. He located the hunters, and they were told to stay off the property.
In Bond County, CPO Sievers responded to a TIP complaint regarding illegal firearm deer hunting on the last day of archery season. Bond County was not open to the late winter deer season. The complainant had photographed the suspects sitting in a truck. CPO Sievers interviewed the driver of the truck, and the driver stated that he thought Bond County had a late winter deer season. He also admitted that he shot a deer. The driver was issued citations for unlawfully hunting without permission and unlawfully hunting by the aid of a vehicle. The driver was also issued written warnings for transporting a loaded shotgun and deer hunting during closed season. The passenger in the truck was issued a written warning for hunting without permission because he collected a large antler shed from the farmer’s field.
In Madison County, CPO Ray conducted migratory bird and furbearer enforcement. He also investigated a complaint involving an individual hunting deer over bait in a local subdivision.
In Washington County, While patrolling a subdivision lake, CPO Schachner located three beaver traps that were not legally tagged with the trapper’s information. As he was removing one of the traps, a subject shouted at him from a nearby residence. It was determined the subject was the trapper and did not have a valid trapping license or habitat stamp. The trapper claimed he was trapping the beaver under a 30-day nuisance permit issued by the IDNR; however, the permit expired over seven months earlier. In addition, the subject failed to mail the permit back to the IDNR with the disposition as required by law. Both conditions were printed directly on the nuisance permit. The homeowner admitted he did not read the permit. CPO Schachner explained the violations, as well as legal methods to resolve the problems the homeowners were experiencing with the beavers. The subject was given a trapping digest and issued a citation for failing to mail in his nuisance permit. He also received warnings for no trapping license, no habitat stamp, and untagged traps.
In Crawford County, CPO Taylor investigated a case involving a subject that used his girlfriend’s deer permits to tag the seven-point buck he killed during bow season. The subject was issued several citations.
In Jasper County, While investigating a case involving a trapper, CPO Taylor observed an eight-point rack at the trapper’s residence. The trapper stated that a friend had given him the deer for meat. Further investigation revealed that the friend never tagged the deer or called in the harvest. The friend was interviewed, and citations were issued.
In Wabash County, CPO Roper received a call from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Office asking for assistance with the possibility of illegally harvested animals at a residence where they were conducting a search warrant. CPO Roper and Sgt. Hyatt went to the residence, and it was determined that the owner of the residence was unlawfully in possession of a bobcat carcass and a federally listed non-game waterfowl species. CPO Roper seized the animals as evidence. A report has been filed with the Wabash County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In Perry County, during the late winter firearm season, CPO Lewis investigated a complaint regarding a deer hanging in a garage with a garbage bag covering its head. The hunter stated that he placed the bag over the deer’s head to keep the blood from dripping on his garage floor. The hunter shot the deer the day before and had not tagged or reported it. The man was issued a citation for unlawful possession of an untagged deer.
In Jefferson County, CPO Jourdan responded to a complaint at Rend Lake regarding the taking of ducks during closed season. Three subjects were found to be in possession of three harvested ducks during the closed south-central waterfowl zone. Other violations included no federal waterfowl stamps. Charges are pending.
In Williamson County, CPO Johnson investigated a subject who harvested a deer without a permit. The subject was cited for hunting deer without a valid permit.
In St. Clair County, CPO Sievers checked two squirrel hunters at Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area. One subject had harvested a squirrel but had not purchased a habitat stamp. That subject was issued a citation.