Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 2, 2019
Division of Wildlife
Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1
State wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, and state wildlife officer Tyler Eldred, assigned to Morrow County, followed up on a potential deer violation in Knox County. While speaking with the suspect, the man admitted to killing a second antlered deer during the 2018 hunting season, and then having his girlfriend purchase a hunting license and deer permit to tag the deer. The officers seized his shotgun and deer, and issued him summonses in Mount Vernon Municipal Court. He was found guilty in court and was sentenced to pay a $250 fine, $500 in restitution, and forfeited his shotgun and the deer to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, which were suspended under the condition that he pays his fines and has no additional violations in the next two years.
While on patrol, state wildlife officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, and state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, witnessed a truck pass by filled with tree branches and other yard waste. The vehicle drove by them again minutes later with an empty truck bed. The officers recorded the license plate number, and then traveled to the wildlife area where the truck had gone. The debris was discovered along the wildlife area’s roadway, so they went to the owner’s residence and spoke with the man who was driving the vehicle. The man admitted to dumping the yard waste on the wildlife area. He received a summons for litter and was ordered to pay $275 in fines and court costs.
Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2
During the 2018 walleye run, state wildlife officer Ryan Kennedy, assigned to Hardin County, was working at the Sandusky River. At sundown, officer Kennedy observed a man continue to fish in the river, even after numerous anglers around him had left. The man fished for 20 minutes past the end of legal fishing time, which is sunset during March and April. Officer Kennedy contacted the subject and issued him a citation for the violation. He received a $130 fine.
Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3
State wildlife officer Matt Madgar, assigned to Cuyahoga County, and state wildlife officer Randy White, assigned to Lorain County, contacted an angler fishing along the Lake Erie shoreline in Cuyahoga County. The officers noticed a cooler beside the woman and asked if they could look inside. The woman said yes, but stated she had only caught a few rock bass. When officer Madgar opened the cooler, he noticed an undersized largemouth bass underneath the rock bass. The woman was issued a summons for possessing an undersized bass. She appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court, was convicted, and ordered to pay $242 in fines and court costs.
During the deer archery season, state wildlife officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, responded to a call regarding an individual from Florida who allegedly shot a deer with a rifle from the roadway. Officer Porter gathered information and determined the suspect’s location. State wildlife officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, accompanied officer Porter to the location and they contacted the suspect. The investigation revealed that the man had driven to Ohio from Florida. As he was traveling a rural road in Jefferson County, he saw an antlered deer standing along the roadside and shot it. The individual’s rifle, bow, deer parts, and ammunition were seized as evidence. After numerous court appearances, the man was convicted and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and restitution. In addition, the deer and the man’s hunting equipment were forfeited to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. His hunting privileges were also suspended for one year.
Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4
During the 2018 spring turkey season, state wildlife officer Brian Baker, assigned to Belmont County, and state wildlife officer Wes Feldner, assigned to Monroe County, received information about an active bait site in Belmont County. The officers located two bait sites on the property and evidence of a turkey being killed, but were unable to locate any hunters during the season. The officers checked the site again during the 2019 spring turkey season and contacted a hunter carrying a dead turkey. Officer Baker noticed that the turkey was not properly tagged. The hunter showed the officers where he had killed the turkey, which was over one of the bait sites they first had observed in 2018. Further investigation revealed the man’s father, the property owner, was hunting at another site nearby. Officer Baker went to that location, which was the second active bait site the officers had observed in 2018. The property owner admitted to putting the corn out in feeders to hunt turkeys. Both hunters were issued a summons for hunting turkeys over a baited area and each paid $295 in fines and court costs.
State wildlife officer Chris Gilkey, assigned to Meigs County, responded to a hunting without permission complaint during the spring turkey season. The landowner stated that two suspects had trespassed on his property to turkey hunt. Officer Gilkey contacted the two suspects, who admitted to hunting without permission. One of the suspects also admitted to not having a turkey permit. A search of their car revealed a wild turkey fan. The second suspect stated that a friend had given him the turkey fan. Officer Gilkey advised that a confirmation number was necessary to possess the tail fan legally. The second suspect was issued a warning for that violation and a summons for hunting without permission. The first suspect was issued one summons for hunting without permission and another for not having a turkey permit. Officer Gilkey then contacted the third person who legally had harvested and checked in a wild turkey to advise that he needed to provide the confirmation number for the tail fan. The person stated that he was still in possession of the fan from the turkey he had harvested. Officer Gilkey then contacted the second suspect again. He was issued two more summonses, one for hunting without a turkey permit and one for possession of illegal turkey parts. This case is currently pending in Meigs County Court.
Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5
Last fall, state wildlife officer Scott Cartwright, assigned to Carroll County, state wildlife investigator Kevin Behr, and Division of Parks and Watercraft investigator Troy Newman worked a law enforcement project on Brush Creek State Forest to address a Turn In a Poacher report of unlawful all-purpose vehicle activity. Seven individuals were contacted, and multiple violations were documented. The violations included operating an all-purpose vehicle in a non-designated area, placing bait on a public hunting area, and hunting white-tailed deer with more than one hunting implement. Four summonses were issued, and one handgun was seized as evidence. The suspects were ordered to pay $600 in fines and $340 in court costs.