Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 22, 2019
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis
In Ogle County, CPO Beltran responded to a complaint of illegal hunting in a subdivision. A Byron man fired a rifle at a coyote in his backyard. The man was issued a ticket and a written warning, and he was educated on lawful coyote hunting.
In Stephenson County, CPOs Alt and Hoftender responded to a complaint of coyote hunters hunting from the road. The investigation and subsequent inspection of nine hunters revealed that one hunter was hunting without a habitat stamp, one hunter did not have his rifle completely cased in his truck, and one hunter did not have their license in possession. The road hunting portion of the investigation is ongoing.
In Boone County, CPO Alt investigated a complaint from the 2018 deer season involving a man that unlawfully harvested a white-tailed deer before purchasing a hunting license, habitat stamp, and firearm deer permit(s). The subject was issued citations for unlawful taking and/or possession of white-tailed deer and unlawful taking or attempting to take white-tailed deer without a deer permit. Warnings were issued for unlawful hunting white-tail deer without a hunting license, unlawful hunting white-tailed deer without a habitat stamp, unlawful hunting white-tailed deer without a license, stamp, and permit in possession.
In Henderson County, CPOs Elliott and Thompson completed an investigation involving the unlawful take of several white-tailed deer at night by use of lights from a vehicle. This investigation resulted in the seizure of the following items: two shotguns; two rifles; one revolver; one 14-point buck rack; two ten-point buck racks; an eight-point buck rack; two six-point buck racks; a four-point buck rack; and four other deer carcasses. All subjects have been charged and face a future court date.
In Woodford County, CPO Gerard cited an individual for unlawfully harvesting a 12-point buck without a valid deer permit.
In Christian County, While patrolling Sangchris Lake State Park on foot, CPO Fraser observed a fisherman unlawfully wading in the Lake. A fishing compliance check was conducted, and the fisherman held a valid license. A check of his stringer revealed he had six crappie in his possession. CPO Fraser recalled seeing the angler at a different location with a stringer full of crappie earlier in the day. The angler admitted that he had caught his limit earlier, taken them home, and returned to catch more crappie. The angler was cited, and the fish in his possession were released alive.
In Christian County, CPO Fraser investigated an unlawful take of deer complaint. The suspect admitted he made a mistake and appeared remorseful for his actions. Due to the poacher’s compliance and attitude, he was only issued one citation; and none of his equipment was seized.
In Macoupin County, CPO Blakeley issued multiple citations to several nonresident hunters for hunting without permission. He also issued multiple citations to several nonresident hunters for hunting deer with the aid of bait.
In Scott County, CPOs Wichern and Macias investigated a hunting without permission complaint along the Illinois River. Two Sangamon County hunters were charged with trespassing while jump shooting a group of snow geese.
In Schuyler County, CPO Wheatley interviewed a Plymouth man suspected of shooting a 12-point buck from his truck. It was discovered the man harvested a 12-point buck on November 5, and he checked it in as a bow kill. The man said he did not shoot the buck from the road, but he did shoot a raccoon in this manner. The man showed the CPO a cell phone video of the raccoon harvest. The man was charged with harvesting a furbearer out of season. He was also informed of multiple other violations that he could have been charged with: hunting with the use of a conveyance, hunting from a roadway, having an uncased gun in a vehicle, and having a loaded gun in a vehicle. The man’s cooperation was the reason for him only receiving one citation.
In Schuyler County, CPO Blakeley received a disposition in a case involving a resident deer hunter. The hunter pled guilty to illegally hunting deer without wearing the required blaze orange during the firearm deer season. The subject paid a total of
$1,097 in fines and fees. The other citations related to the case were dismissed.
In Brown County, CPO Blakeley received a disposition in a case involving a nonresident deer hunter. The hunter pled guilty to illegally hunting deer with the aid of bait and illegally feeding deer. The subject paid a total of $684 in fines and fees. The other citations related to the case were dismissed.
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.
Northeast Zone – Capt. Jed Whitchurch
In Lake County, a court case involving a nonresident hunter who was illegally purchasing Illinois resident licenses over the last three years was finalized. The judgement included a $10,000 donation to the Illinois Conservation Police Operations Assistance Fund, $512 in court costs, and a one-year conditional discharge. The case started with a TIP complaint in 2016 involving seven dead bucks found on a property in the Volo area. The skull caps/antlers had been removed.
In Lake County, CPO Winters followed up on a TIP complaint that came in regarding a subject shooting squirrels in his backyard. The subject admitted to shooting the squirrels because they were getting into his bird feeders. He was cited for unlawfully hunting squirrels out of season, and written warnings were issued for no hunting license or habitat stamp.
In McHenry County, CPO Kelley issued a salvage deer permit to an individual for a button buck that was dispatched by Island Lake police because it had become entangled in a fence.
In Will County, CPO Reid received several complaints from a property owner regarding trespass to hunt for shed antlers. The property was marked with signs prohibiting trespassing. He conducted numerous patrols, and he issued multiple citations for shed hunting on private property without permission. Additional enforcement action was taken for trespassing.
In Cook County, CPO Mooi followed up on a deer feeding and baiting complaint received by CPO Stanbary, and he issued seven written warnings to people who were illegally feeding deer in and around a Cook County forest preserve.
In Cook County, While checking ice fishermen, CPO Mooi observed an individual using two poles and a tip-up on a two pole and line only lake. The man was questioned about the devices, and he stated he forgot about the tip-up when he moved to another hole. A written warning was issued for the violation. In a separate incident, CPO Mooi observed a man utilizing two poles and an automatic fisherman while on a two pole and line only lake. A written warning was issued for the violation.
In Cook County, CPO Mooi assisted with a poaching investigation involving an Illinois resident suspected of poaching in Arizona. Arizona Fish and Game officers suspect the man of illegally taking a deer with a rifle during closed season. The man reported the deer as being killed with an archery device.
In Cook County, While on patrol, CPO Sanford located a vehicle unlawfully parked on the grass. He located the owner of the vehicle, and the individual had been previously warned about parking the vehicle on the grass. A fishing compliance check was conducted; and it was discovered that the ice fishing shelter was not properly tagged with the owner’s name and address, as required by law. The individual was issued a citation for unlawful parking on the grass, and enforcement action was taken for the untagged ice fishing shelter.
In Cook County, Following up on a 2018 archery deer hunting investigation, CPO Stanbary seized a 12-point buck skull and antlers taken illegally taken in Grundy County. The hunter was issued multiple citations and warnings and has a court date in Grundy County Court.
In Macon County, CPO Viverito received a call regarding a deer trapped in an egress window, seven feet below the surface. He responded to the scene and met with Macon County Animal Control. After tranquilizing the young buck, CPO Viverito and the Macon County Animal Control officer removed the deer from the egress window using a rope as leverage. The deer was uninjured, and it was released.
In Vermilion County, CPO Reeves conducted several deer hunting investigations. Several violations were discovered, including huntingnwithout a hunting license and the unlawful take of a white-tailed deer without a valid permit. Citations and warnings were issued in each case.
South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes
In Clark County, CPO Wellum received information regarding a houseboat that sunk at Mill Creek Lake, and he responded to the Lake. He located a 58-foot houseboat which had sunk at the docks, and it was leaking oil and fuel. The EPA was contacted. The clean-up process and removal of the watercraft is underway.
In Moultrie County, CPO Moody responded to a vehicle that had been driving off-road on department property. He found two men next to a truck that was buried in mud next to a pond. The truck had been stolen out of Shelby County. Both men were arrested for criminal damage to state-supported property and driving off the roadway. The driver was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with no valid license. The passenger was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for retail theft.
In Clinton County, CPO Tapley received a call regarding a subject with over the daily limit of paddlefish. After watching the subject catch a paddlefish and take it to his truck, he conducted a compliance check at the subject’s truck. The subject was in possession of three paddlefish, when the daily limit is two. The third fish was returned to the water.
In Clinton County, After receiving a complaint of illegal hunting at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, CPO Tapley checked two groups of pheasant hunters. The complainant reported that the hunters were driving around shooting at pheasants from their vehicles. Three hunters in two vehicles were found to have guns that were not in a case, and citations were issued.
In Randolph County, CPO Sievers responded to a call of an injured eagle, and the eagle was captured. There were no obvious injuries to the eagle, but it could not fly. The eagle was transferred to the Treehouse Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
In St. Clair County, CPO Schachner checked three rabbit hunters at a local fish and wildlife conservation area. One of the hunters did not have his hunting license in possession, did not have a habitat stamp, and was hunting with an unplugged shotgun. In addition, he possessed three rabbits in his truck which were gifted to him from another hunter but were not tagged with the gifting hunter’s information. The hunter was relatively new to hunting, and the three rabbits were the sum total between all three hunters. Accordingly, the rabbit hunter received one citation, multiple written warnings, and given a hunting digest.
In St. Clair County, CPO Ray is currently investigating several complaints of ATVs being ridden on state property. He has also removed over 12 deer stands left on Peabody River King property over the past hunting season.
In Hamilton County, CPOs Folden and Farber are investigating illegal coyote hunting activity in which the hunter accidentally killed a dog. Conversation violations identified in this investigation were hunting too close to a residence with a rifle without permission, hunting without permission, unlawful possession of a white-tailed deer, and causing damage to someone’s property while hunting.
In Saline County, CPO Haggerty is investigating the report of a subject using another’s firearm deer permits to report the harvest of a buck during the firearm deer season.
In Fayette County, CPO Roper received information about a nine-point buck that may have been unlawfully harvested, and he investigated the complaint. It was determined that a nonresident archery hunter had killed a nine-point buck in November 2018, and the suspect was issued two citations and three written warnings.
In Fayette County, CPO Roper received information about an unlawfully placed coyote trap after the coyote trapping season had closed, and he is investigating.
In Pulaski County, CPO Vasicek received a call for service regarding a mature bald eagle hanging upside down by one foot approximately 60 feet up in a tree. CPO Vasicek contacted a friend with expertise in rope rescue. The two responded to the call and located the eagle. The rope rescue operator scaled the tree with a series of rope configurations and was able to release the bird. The bird flew away upon release.
In Fayette County, CPO Roper received information of unlawful trapping activity. It was determined that the land set traps were unlawfully placed next to exposed bait, and the individual running the unlawful traps was issued a citation.
In St. Clair County, CPOs Ray and Schachner addressed multiple violations with two young snow goose hunters at Peabody River King. The subjects failed to sign in at the state site and failed to have the required number of decoys out while hunting.
In Alexander County, CPO Vasicek conducted a vehicle stop. Upon contact with the driver, he observed a plastic bag with a white crystal substance in it. When ordered to get out of the vehicle, the subject grabbed the plastic bag and exited the vehicle. It turned out that the baggie contained methamphetamine. The subject was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.