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Public Invited to Comment
on Hunting, Fishing
and Trapping Changes

Input also accepted online at wildohio.com

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will seek public comments regarding fishing, hunting and trapping
rule changes on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 12-3 p.m. at seven locations around the state. Input concerning proposed changes to the Ohio
Wildlife Council from the July 17 meeting will be accepted.

Among proposed rule changes are decreasing the statewide yellow perch limit to 30, adding or removing boat engine limitations on
several lakes and clarifying hunting and trapping language.

These events are open to the public. Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio’s professional wildlife management
process is welcome. ODNR Division of Wildlife staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments.

People who are not able to attend an open house at one of the seven locations can provide input online. Comments are accepted
through Aug. 10 at wildohio.com. Click on Open House Comments to submit a response.

Public input gathered at these open houses and through the online form will be considered during the formulation of regulations. For
more information or directions to the open houses, visit wildohio.com or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Open house location information for Aug. 10:         
• Central Ohio: Wildlife District One office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215; 614-644-3925;
• Northwest Ohio: Wildlife District Two office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay 45840; 419-424-5000;
• Northeast Ohio: Wildlife District Three office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330-644-2293;
• Southeast Ohio: Wildlife District Four office, 360 E. State Street, Athens 45701; 740-589-9930;
• Southwest Ohio: Greene County Fish and Game, 1538 Union Road, Xenia 45385; 937-372-9261;
• Lake Erie (east): Fairport Fisheries office, 1190 High Street, Fairport Harbor 44077; 440-352-4199; and
• Lake Erie (west): Lake Erie Shores and Islands Regional Welcome Center – West, 770 SE Catawba Road, Port Clinton 43452; 419-
625-8062.

A statewide hearing on proposed rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office.
This hearing is open to the public, and comments on the proposed rules will be accepted.

After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments to the council must preregister at least two days prior
to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less. Emailed or written comments will not be
presented at this meeting, but will continue to be an important mechanism for input in regularly scheduled wildlife open houses.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
ohiodnr.gov.



CUFFS & COLLARS - July 10, 2013

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers


Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

In May, State Wildlife Officers Justus Nethero and Chad Grote, assigned to Delaware and Marion counties, respectively, were on patrol
at Alum Creek Lake in Delaware County. The officers observed four men fishing when they saw one man pick up a small container, sniff
it and return it to the ground. Another man in the group picked up the container and put it in his coat pocket. The officers believed this to
be odd behavior. When the officers contacted the group to check for fishing license compliance, the man who put the suspicious item in
his pocket had a wooden container with a rotating top that contained a metal pipe and marijuana. The officers seized the container and
its contents. The fisherman was issued a summons for possessing marijuana. He was found guilty in Delaware Municipal Court, his driver’
s license was suspended for six months and he had to pay $239 in fines and court costs.


Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

In November 2012, State Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy, assigned to Hardin County, was contacted by a landowner concerning several
trapping violations. The landowner informed Officer Kennedy that their family dog had recently been caught in a trap and injured. The
landowner located foothold traps set around an exposed cow carcass. The traps were not tagged, a violation. At that time, Officer
Kennedy contacted a suspect whose name was provided by the landowner. Further investigation revealed the suspect set the untagged
traps. He had also caught a rabbit, used the rabbit as exposed bait and caught a red-tailed hawk in one of the foothold traps. The hawk
was subsequently killed by the suspect. The suspect was charged with multiple trapping violations and received a $156 fine.


State Wildlife Officer Troy Reimund, assigned to Henry County, received a complaint during the statewide muzzleloader season that a
truck with a snowplow ran over three deer. Officer Reimund arrived at the scene and found two dead deer on the road that had been
struck by a motor vehicle. There were several witnesses, including a group of hunters. The witnesses informed the officer that a truck
had stopped in the road and someone had got out and shot at a group of deer from the roadway. The truck then turned around and
sped off in the direction the deer ran. When the group of deer crossed the roadway the truck hit three of the deer with the snowplow.
The driver did not hit the brakes and never returned to the scene. Two of the deer died instantly and the third was badly injured and
made its way to a nearby thicket. State Wildlife Officer Jason Porinchok, assigned to Putnam County, met with Officer Reimund to
attempt to locate the suspect’s vehicle. The officers were not able to locate the truck that evening. Fortunately for the officers, a suspect
was found from the information obtained from the witnesses and several complaint calls. The officers contacted the suspect and he was
honest about his actions that day, but claimed that hitting the deer was an accident. Based on the evidence, the officers believed that
the suspect hit the deer intentionally. The suspect was charged and later received a sentence of fines, court costs, and restitution
totaling $1,270. In addition, the suspect was issued a three-year hunting license revocation and 30 days of jail time suspended under
the condition that the defendant does not commit any wildlife violations for two years. As with many wildlife crimes a conclusion to this
case was only possible with the support of the public and the court system.


Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three

During the statewide muzzleloader season, State Wildlife Officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County received a call from a
landowner reporting several individuals hunting on her property without permission. Officer Turner responded and found multiple boot
tracks in the snow walking directly under the landowners “No Trespassing” signs. Officer Turner was able to locate the hunters and
issued them summonses for the violation. The men appeared for their court appearances and were convicted.


While working the deer gun season State Wildlife Officer Tom Frank, assigned to Mahoning County, observed a man sitting in a tree
stand after legal hunting hours wearing only camouflage clothing. He approached the hunter and asked him to unload his shotgun and
climb down from the stand. Officer Frank inspected the firearm and determined that it was unplugged. Unfortunately, the man was also
unable to produce a hunting license or deer permit when asked. He stated that he was an avid hunter in years past, although the Ohio
Division of Wildlife’s license system indicated otherwise. He was charged with four wildlife violations, convicted in court and paid over
$530 in fines and court costs.


While working sportfishing enforcement at Mosquito Lake, State Wildlife Officer Hollie Fluharty, assigned to Trumbull County, observed
three individuals fishing. She approached the men and asked to see their fishing licenses. One of the anglers was unable to provide a
license or a valid form of identification. Officer Fluharty asked the man his name, Social Security number, and birthdate. The individual
paused for a moment and stated his name and date of birth but indicated that he did not know his Social Security number. The man also
explained that he was from Alabama and had recently moved to Ohio. Further investigation revealed that the angler was an Ohio
resident and had an active warrant for his arrest. The man was handcuffed, transported to the Trumbull County Jail and issued a
summons for fishing without a license. The case is currently pending in court.


Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

During the fall of 2012, State Wildlife Officer Jared Abele, assigned to Vinton County, was contacted by an officer with the McArthur
Police Department. The McArthur police officer informed Officer Abele about a traffic stop he had conducted. During the traffic stop the
police officer observed quartered deer meat, a deer head, and cape in the suspect’s vehicle. The police officer had a strong suspicion
the deer had been illegally killed. On the following day, Officer Abele and the police officer met with the suspect from the traffic stop.
Upon further investigation, it was found the suspect shot the deer with a shotgun during the archery season. The suspect was issued
summonses for the wildlife violations. The suspect pleaded guilty to illegally killing the deer with a firearm during the archery season, and
was ordered to pay fines and court costs. The venison donated to a food bank.


During the 2011 Ohio deer season, Wildlife Officer Roby Williams received several TIP reports of poaching occurring in the southwest
portions of Guernsey County. Officer Williams and Wildlife Officer Field Supervisor Bryan Postlethwait began an investigation into the
complaints. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that a suspect illegally harvested six deer, including four bucks. He
was issued six summonses in Cambridge Municipal Court. Three others were charged in the investigation, and more than $1,300 in fines
and court costs were paid by the defendants. The suspect forfeited the shotgun used in the incident and lost his hunting license for two
years.


A Wildlife Area Manager in southeast Ohio received a phone call from a turkey hunter this spring. The hunter had located a four-wheel-
drive vehicle in the middle of Wallace O’Dowd Wildlife Area miles from any roadway. A description of the vehicle and location was given
to Wildlife Officer Dan Perko, assigned to Athens County. Officer Perko and Wildlife Officer Chris Dodge, assigned to Hocking County,
located the vehicle on the area. An Ohio Division of Wildlife boundary sign was also in the vehicle. With the assistance of Wildlife Officer
Eric Lane, assigned to Perry County, the defendant was located in Perry County. Further investigation revealed the suspect was on the
wildlife area and left the truck. The vehicle was recovered, and the defendant was cited for a vehicle in non-designated area and
possession of state property valued under $500. The case is pending in court.


Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

While checking hunters during the 2012 season, State Wildlife Officer Jeff Wenning, assigned to Darke County, encountered a person
who was hunting squirrels at Darke Wildlife Area. As the man walked back toward his vehicle, Officer Wenning asked him if he had any
luck that day. The man answered that he had not seen any squirrels but he had been walking the old railroad bed and was lucky
because he had shot a rabbit. Officer Wenning asked to see the hunter’s hunting license as well as his driver’s license. Next Officer
Wenning asked the man if he knew when the opening date for rabbit season was and the hunter replied, “I think it comes in during the
middle of October.” The hunter was then asked if he received a copy of the hunting regulations digest when he purchased his hunting
license. The hunter replied, “Yes.” Officer Wenning asked the man if he had taken the time to read what the season dates were for the
various game species in Ohio and the hunter replied, “No, I did not read the book.” Finally, Officer Wenning broke the news to the man
that rabbit season was not in and that it was not legal to hunt or possess a rabbit at that time. The man was cited for closed season
possession of a rabbit. He subsequently paid fines and court costs.


Wildlife Officer Ryan Schock, assigned to Hamilton County, received a call in April from the Colerain Township Police Department
regarding someone shooting geese out of season. Officer Schock responded to the address and noticed a small pond with three dead
geese floating in it. He interviewed the complainants and they stated that they saw their neighbor standing on the bank of the pond
shooting at geese with a small-caliber rifle. Officer Schock then collected the dead geese and noticed they had wounds consistent with a
small-caliber rifle. While walking along the bank of the pond, Officer Schock found three untagged traps that were set on muskrat holes.
The traps and dead geese were collected as evidence. Officer Schock then interviewed neighbors that lived near the suspect and they
stated that they had heard shots in the past or have seen the suspect shooting at geese. When Officer Schock made contact with the
suspect a few days later, and the suspect was found in violation upon further investigation. Officer Schock asked him about the
untagged traps, and the suspect stated that his neighbor, who was pulling out of his driveway at the time, had set the traps to catch
muskrats in the pond. Officer Schock stopped the neighbor and interviewed him about the traps. He acknowledged that the traps were
his and that he knew they were supposed to be tagged. Both men were cited and pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court. The
man that shot the geese paid $204 in fines and court costs for shooting geese out of season, and the man with the untagged traps paid
$154 in fines and court costs


COLUMBUS, OH - The 2013-2014 Ohio hunting and trapping season dates have been released by the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR). The seasons include changes to address deer management on a county level, and increase hunting opportunities
through extended hours and a new early muzzleloader season.

2013-2014 hunting and trapping seasons:

Deer archery: Sept. 28 - Feb. 2, 2014
Antlerless deer muzzleloader: Oct. 12-13
Youth deer: Nov. 23-24
Deer gun: Dec. 2-8
Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2014
Squirrel (gray, red and fox): Sept. 1 - Jan. 31, 2014
Ruffed grouse: Oct. 12 - Jan. 31, 2014
Fall wild turkey: Oct. 14 - Dec. 1
Youth upland game: Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27
Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 1 - Feb. 28, 2014
Ring-necked pheasant: Nov. 1 - Jan. 5, 2014
Bobwhite quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 1
Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel: Nov. 10 - Jan. 31, 2014
Mink and muskrat: Nov. 10 - Feb. 28, 2014
Mink, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel (Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, and Lucas County east of the Maumee
River):
Nov. 10 - March 15, 2014
Beaver: Dec. 26 - Feb. 28, 2014
River otter: Dec. 26 - Feb. 28, 2014
Crow: June 7 - March 8, 2014; June 6, 2014 - March 7, 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
Youth spring wild turkey: April 19-20, 2014
Spring wild turkey: April 21, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Coyote and feral swine (wild boar): No closed season
Groundhog: Closed only during deer gun season
Deer bag limits are now determined by county. Deer bag limits, by county:

One either-sex permit, one antlerless permit (eight counties): Darke, Erie, Fayette, Hancock, Madison, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood.

Two either-sex permits, one antlerless permit (23 counties): Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Gallia, Harrison, Henry, Hocking,
Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Logan, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Preble, Ross, Shelby, Van Wert and
Washington.

Three either-sex permits, one antlerless permit (57 counties): Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll,
Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Greene,
Guernsey, Hamilton, Hardin, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Morgan, Morrow,
Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Scioto, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union,
Vinton, Warren, Wayne, Williams and Wyandot.

Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. Antlerless permits will be valid until
Dec. 1, the Sunday before the deer-gun season.

Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter
cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional controlled hunting opportunities do not count against the statewide bag limit.

The antlerless deer muzzleloader season was added in October. The December bonus gun weekend, the early muzzleloader season at
three public hunting areas (Salt Fork Wildlife Area, Shawnee State Forest and Wildcat Hollow), and urban hunting zones are
discontinued.

The fall wild turkey season begins on Oct. 14, the Monday following the antlerless deer muzzleloader season. Butler, Delaware, Fairfield,
Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Seneca and Warren counties are added to the list of counties open for fall turkey hunting.

Deer and fall turkey permits will go on sale July 1.

Cottontail rabbit hunting restrictions are removed in the snowshoe hare protected area in Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Remaining
snowshoe hares are still protected as a state-endangered species, and it remains illegal to kill them in Ohio.

Season dates and bag limits for migratory birds, including mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl
will be set in August in compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2013-2014 framework.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
ohiodnr.gov.
Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers March 5, 2014



Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

State Wildlife Officers Chad Grote and Justus Nethero responded to a complaint in Marion County on the second day of
the deer-muzzleloader hunting season. The complainant reported witnessing two individuals carrying guns and walking
into a woodlot, but only one individual was wearing hunter orange. The complainant then heard a succession of three
shots, and then a fourth shot soon after. Officers Grote and Nethero went to the woodlot where the individuals were seen.
They located the vehicle described by the complainant and two bait piles. One bait pile was near a tree stand that had
three shotgun slug shells directly underneath it. The officers found that the shells had been fired recently. While
inspecting the shells and tree stand the officers observed a man walking back to the vehicle wearing hunter orange and
carrying a muzzleloader. The officers contacted the individual and attempted to talk to him, but he refused to be
forthcoming with information. Officer Nethero walked back with the man to where the vehicles were parked while Officer
Grote remained in the woods. Officer Grote then located a second man and a hidden shotgun in the woods. Upon
interviewing the two individuals the officers found that the man they had initially contacted had given his shotgun to his
friend to hunt deer. Further investigation revealed the man with the shotgun shot three times at a deer and the man with
the muzzleloader shot once. The officers also discovered that the man who was using the shotgun did not have a valid
deer permit. The man who used the shotgun was issued a summons for hunting deer during the muzzleloader season with
an illegal implement, and a summons for hunting without a valid deer permit. The other individual who had provided the
shotgun to his friend was issued a summons for aiding in a wildlife violation. The shotgun was seized as evidence. The
man who used the shotgun paid $238 in fines and the shotgun was forfeited to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Additionally he
was given 30 days in jail, but the jail time was suspended permitting he does not violate any state laws for the next two
years. The man who provided the shotgun is awaiting his hearing.



State Wildlife Officers Matt Teders, Tony Zerkle, and Josh Elster recently worked an enforcement project below the Deer
Creek Lake Dam. The officers were responding to complaints of people snagging and overharvesting saugeye. The daily
limit for saugeye at Deer Creek Lake is six. Snagging with a hook to pierce and hook a fish in a part of the body other than
the inside of the mouth is illegal for all fish except forage fish. All sport fish must be caught by the mouth. If a fish is
snagged it must be immediately released. If anglers observe snagging or illegal netting of sport fish, please call 1-800-
POACHER.



Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

State Wildlife Officer Craig Barr, assigned to Allen County, received information during the 2013 trapping season
concerning a dog caught in a foothold trap and several illegally set traps. Officer Barr found the dog had already been
released when he arrived at the location. After further investigation, he discovered a deer carcass and a store-bought
turkey, still in the wrapper, in a field behind the residence. Four uncovered foothold traps were set within several feet of
the two carcasses. This was a violation of the law pertaining to exposed flesh bait; the intent of the law is to prevent the
capture of non-target animals, particularly hawks, owls, and eagles. Additionally, Barr discovered that the traps were not
tagged with the user’s name, which is also a violation. In addition to the legal issues, there were also ethical issues. The
traps were not staked sufficiently to hold most animals in order to prevent them from dragging the traps away. Officer Barr
contacted the landowner and obtained a lead on a suspect, who was then contacted at his residence. The suspect
confirmed that the traps were his and that he released the dog. Officer Barr explained there were issues with the man’s
sets and asked if he would show him the other traps. Officer Barr decided he had seen enough after he saw the first three
traps. The traps were not properly staked, properly tagged, or covered as required. In addition, the trap pans were
covered with barbecue sauce or marshmallow cream. This would encourage an animal to be caught by the face and, more
than likely, pull out of the trap. The suspect stated that several traps had been set off with no animals to show for it.
Officer Barr retrieved a copy of the hunting and trapping regulations and showed the suspect specifically where his
violations were stated. He then spent approximately an hour going discussing legal and ethical issues involved with the
suspect’s trapping techniques. While Officer Barr was writing the suspect’s court summons, the suspect removed all of
his traps from the area. The suspect was found guilty in the Lima Municipal Court and ordered to pay $310 in fines and
restitution. Additionally, he had 60 days in jail suspended pending he attend hunter education and trapper education
courses within six months.



State Wildlife Officer Jason Parr was working deer enforcement in Crawford County during the deer-gun season when he
observed a deer hunter in a tree stand in the distance. Upon arriving at the hunter’s location, Officer Parr introduced
himself and asked the hunter to unload his shotgun. The hunter climbed down out of his tree stand. Officer Parr checked
his shotgun for a plug, which it had. Officer Parr then asked to see the hunter’s deer permit and hunting license. The
hunter then handed Officer Parr his hunting license and a deer permit. Officer Parr noticed that the deer permit had
already been filled out with the information required upon harvesting a deer. Officer Parr thought that the man must have
handed him the wrong deer permit and had a valid deer permit with him. Officer Parr pointed out to the hunter that this
deer permit was no longer valid. The man agreed. Parr asked the man if he had another deer permit. The hunter stated
that he had killed a deer the previous day and hadn’t bought another deer permit. Officer Parr explained to the hunter that
he needed to have a valid deer permit prior to hunting a second deer. Again, the man agreed and stated that with his luck
he figured he wouldn’t kill a second deer. He went on to state that he hadn’t planned on purchasing another deer permit
until after he had killed a second deer. The hunter was issued a summons for hunting deer without a valid deer permit.
The man paid $175 in fines and court costs in the Crawford County Municipal Court for his violation.



Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three

State Wildlife Officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, received an anonymous call regarding individuals who
possibly used a shotgun to harvest a deer during the 2013 deer-archery season. Officer Porter responded to the location,
a hunting camp, and contacted a member of the hunting party. Officer Porter asked the man how many deer had been
harvested that day by their group, at which time he replied two. Officer Porter then asked for the names of the individuals
who killed a deer. The man was reluctant to answer the question and he appeared to be providing misleading information.
Shortly thereafter the man relayed the names of the individuals who had allegedly harvested the two deer. Officer Porter
asked to see the carcasses and noted that one was untagged. It was later discovered that one of the men, from Summit
County, had allegedly harvested a deer that day and failed to purchase a hunting license or deer permit. Officer Porter
took photographs, obtained written statements, and cleared the scene. Officer Porter then contacted State Wildlife Officer
Aaron Brown, assigned to Summit County, and asked if he could interview the man who had allegedly harvested the
untagged deer. Officer Brown met the man at his residence and discovered that he had not travelled to Jefferson County,
but instead was working all weekend. Officer Porter received a call later that evening from the man he had spoken with at
the hunting camp. The results of the investigation revealed that he had harvested a deer, failed to tag it, and provided
misleading information. The man was issued a summons for failing to tag the deer and ordered to appear in Jefferson
County Court. He was convicted, fined $250 plus court costs, and his hunting privileges were revoked for one year. In
addition, the antlers from the untagged deer were forfeited to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.



Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

State wildlife officers conducted a law enforcement project in Vinton County during the fall of 2013. The project was
targeted to arrest individuals who were spotlighting deer and other wildlife from motor vehicles. Wildlife officers stopped
several vehicles for spotlighting violations, and six individuals were issued a summons. All six individuals pleaded guilty
to the charges resulting in fines and forfeiture of two rifles.

                                                                    

Spring is near, and please be aware of the illegal commercial harvest of species that are infrequently seen but still
important. Paddlefish are often illegally harvested for the roe (caviar) and flesh. Commercial fishing and possession for
commercial fishing gear is highly regulated in the Ohio River. Any illegal activity in Ohio’s waters of commercial fishermen
should be reported to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Paddlefish have a unique life cycle and cannot sustain a large
commercial harvest.  In Ohio paddlefish are protected as a threatened species and must be released if captured. Please
report nets or suspicious activity along Ohio’s tributaries and waterways to your local wildlife officer, Wildlife District Four
at (740) 589-9930, or Wildlife District Five at (937) 372-9261.



Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

State Wildlife Officer Jasmine Grossnickle, assigned to Miami County, received a TIP during the deer-gun season from a
landowner stating he saw two men in a truck shining a light into his field. The man wrote down the license plate number
and passed it along to Grossnickle. Grossnickle called State Wildlife Officer Jeff Wenning, assigned to Darke County, to
assist when she learned that the owner of the truck resided in Darke County. Grossnickle and Wenning talked to the
driver of the truck. The driver said that he and his cousin had been driving around the evening before looking for deer,
but they did not shoot any. Wenning observed a muzzleloader, flashlight, and empty beer cans in the truck. Wenning
asked the owner of the truck if he had killed any deer during the season. He said that he and his friend had both killed
deer the day before, and that both deer were at his friend’s house. Grossnickle was not able to find deer harvest
information for the truck’s owner or his friend. State Wildlife Officer Ryan Garrison, assigned to Mercer County,
questioned the friend about the two deer harvested the day before. Further investigation revealed that he shot a deer in
Miami County from the passenger side of the truck using the driver’s muzzleloader, and that the second deer was hit with
the truck earlier in the evening in Miami County. When questioning the driver about the deer hit with the truck, he stated
that he had accelerated while the deer were crossing the road in an attempt to scare them away. The cousin was
convicted of jacklighting and was order to pay $250 in fines and court costs in Miami County. The friend was convicted of
jacklighting, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting after hours, and mishandling of a firearm in a motor vehicle,
and ordered to pay $424.50 in fines and court costs in Miami County. The friend was also convicted of deterring a wildlife
officer and possession of untagged deer parts, and ordered to pay $644 in fines and court costs in Darke County. The
driver of the truck was convicted of jacklighting and hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, and was ordered to pay $796
in fines and court costs Miami County. The driver was also convicted of deterring a wildlife officer and possession of
untagged deer parts, and was ordered to pay $716 in fines and court costs in Darke County. Both the driver and his friend
received a three-year hunting license revocation. The flashlight and the muzzleloader were forfeited to the state.



August 20, 2013

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers


Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

In June, State Wildlife Officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, received a complaint from Deer Creek Wildlife Area staff
concerning illegal target shooting. The staff was able to obtain the license plate number of the truck and a description of the individuals
involved in the violation. When Officer Teders arrived at the area he found shotgun hulls and broken clay targets. Using the information
provided by the staff, Teders was able to determine one of the suspects was from the Columbus area. While interviewing the suspect,
Teders determined the identity of the other two individuals involved and that the individuals were target shooting in a non-designated
area on two different occasions. It is unlawful for any person to target practice on any land or water area owned, controlled or
administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife except on designated wildlife target ranges. All three
individuals were issued summonses into Washington Court House Municipal Court. All of the suspects plead guilty and were ordered to
pay $745 in fines and court costs.

In July, Officer Teders observed the same truck parked adjacent to Deer Creek Reservoir and three individuals were fishing nearby.
Upon contacting the group, it was the same three individuals that were cited the month prior. They told Officer Teders they were back in
the area to pay the remainder of their fines. Upon checking them for license compliance, it was determined that one of them did not
purchase a fishing license. He was issued a summons to Washington Court House Municipal Court and found guilty. That individual was
ordered to pay $150 in fines and court costs.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

In December 2012 State Wildlife Officer Reid Van Cleve was checking deer hunters in Ottawa County during the extra weekend of deer
gun season. He was patrolling an area in which he had received a complaint about a deer hunter with a rifle. The officer worked the area
during the weeklong deer gun season and had not observed the suspect. At 4:30 p.m. the officer found the suspect hunting from a high
wall overlooking a field. After several minutes of observation, Officer Van Cleve hiked into the area to make contact with the hunter.
Officer Van Cleve walked within several feet of the hunter without being detected. As he approached the hunter, he noticed that the
suspect was sitting in a chair facing the field with a rifle lying across his lap. Officer Van Cleve stepped out and identified himself to the
hunter. The man looked like a deer looking into headlights. The officer quickly secured the gun and unloaded it for both their safety. The
hunter was in possession of a .270-caliber rifle. The hunter immediately stated that he was hunting coyotes. During the investigation that
followed, the hunter stated that he was, in fact, deer hunting with the rifle. He was charged for failing to wear hunter orange, hunting deer
during the deer gun season with an illegal hunting implement, and hunting deer without a valid deer permit. The hunter also had a prior
wildlife violation for spotlighting deer in Sandusky County. The suspect was ordered to appear in the Ottawa County Court. He pleaded
no contest and was found guilty. He was ordered to forfeit the rifle to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, pay $216 in fines and court costs, and
lost his hunting privileges for one year.



While working in Allen County over the Memorial Day weekend, State Wildlife Officer Jason Porinchok, assigned to Putnam County,
observed an angler fishing at Schoonover Reservoir. When Officer Porinchok contacted the angler, the man informed the officer that he
did not have a fishing license. He was issued a citation for the violation. In Lima Municipal Court the man pleaded no contest and was
found guilty. The judge asked the man if he had purchased a fishing license yet. He replied, “No.” He was sentenced to pay a $100 fine
and $125 in court costs. Other defendants in court that day for the same offense who had purchased a valid fishing license prior to
arriving at court were given a $20 fine and court costs. The man could have saved himself some money if he had purchased a fishing
license prior to court, and would have saved himself money and time if he had purchased a fishing license prior to fishing.



During the deer gun season, State Wildlife Officer Greg Wasilewski, assigned to Richland County, received a complaint from an unhappy
landowner who was tired of people hunting deer on his property without permission. The landowner erected a high-tensile fence on his
property to try and deter hunters from trespassing, but it wasn’t effective. The landowner then purchased a digital trail camera to try to
capture photographs of the trespassers. The landowner provided Officer Wasilewski with a photograph of a subject and was able to
identify the subject. Officer Wasilewski asked the landowner how he knew who it was. Apparently the landowner had set up the trail
camera on the first day of the deer gun season. On the next day the landowner retrieved the trail camera and found that two images had
been captured of a hunter from the previous day. Just before noon, the landowner noticed some hunters near the edge of his property
so he took the photos to see if he could find out who the hunter was. The landowner found a hunter sitting on a fencepost of his new
high-tensile fence and showed him the photos and asked if he knew who the hunter was. The landowner realized he was talking to the
hunter in the photographs, and the hunter was even carrying the same shotgun. The hunter responded that it was him. The landowner
contacted Officer Wasilewski. During the subsequent investigation Wasilewski learned that the hunter did not have a valid hunting
license nor a deer permit and, as a juvenile, hunted by himself on the landowner’s property. The hunter was summoned into juvenile
court where he was required to attend another hunter education course and write a letter of apology to the landowner. The juvenile
offender’s father was charged with allowing a youth hunter age 15 or younger to hunt unaccompanied and was fined $50 plus court
costs.



Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three

Wildlife Officer Aaron Brown, assigned to Summit County, received several complaints of individuals trespassing to fish a private pond.
One evening Officer Brown was patrolling near the area and spotted an individual fishing from shore. The individual was standing only a
few feet from a “No Trespassing” sign. He contacted the man and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest. In addition to being
arrested, the individual was issued a summons for the wildlife violation. The individual appeared in court, was convicted and ordered to
pay $244 in fines and court costs. He also received a 60-day suspended jail sentence on the condition that he does not have any similar
violations in two years.



State Wildlife Officer Jason Warren, assigned to Wayne County, recently patrolled the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area on foot when he
observed four individuals walking along a public road toward a parking area. One of the individuals was carrying a “Wildlife Area”
property boundary sign. Officer Warren observed the man hide the sign behind his back when he spotted an oncoming car. As Officer
Warren approached the men in the parking area, the individual carrying the sign attempted to toss it under their vehicle. The man was
charged with removing the sign and ordered to appear in the Wayne County Municipal Court. The case is currently pending.



Last winter, State Wildlife Officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, received several complaints on a trapper in the area. With
the help of State Wildlife Officer Dan Shroyer, assigned to Carroll County, they spent a day investigating the complaints and were able to
locate several illegal traps. Officer Turner also received a voice mail from a landowner who had claimed to trap two river otters the
previous day. Knowing this landowner was not a trapper, Officers Turner and Shroyer went to speak with him. During the course of their
investigation they determined that their suspect had caught two otters and asked the landowner to check them for him. The suspect was
charged with several trapping violations, which included taking over the legal limit of river otters, untagged and uncovered traps,
disturbing a lawfully set trap and trapping on state property without a beaver permit. The suspect was convicted and ordered to pay
$500 in fines and $1,000 in restitution for the illegal otters. His trapping privileges were also revoked for two years.



Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

State Wildlife Officer Chris Gilkey, assigned to Meigs County, received information from a local landowner that individuals were fishing a
private pond without permission. After a trail camera was installed for surveillance, photos were obtained of the trespassers. The
suspects were jugging the pond for turtles. The turtles were taken in a closed season and without permission from the landowner. Officer
Gilkey worked with Sgt. Bill Gilkey, from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, and Probation Officer Joel Yeager to identify the suspects.
The three suspects were located and interviewed, the officers discovered the suspects were taking undersized turtles, taking turtles in a
closed season, and taking turtles without a license. The suspects were charged and the case is currently pending in the Meigs County
Court.



While on patrol in July on AEP Recreation lands, State Wildlife Officer Roy Rucker, assigned to Gallia County, made contact with two
individuals from West Virginia that were running their coon dogs on the agreement property. During his contact, Officer Rucker asked
the two gentlemen if they knew whose property they were training their dogs on. The individuals replied that they did not know where
they were or who owned the property. When Officer Rucker asked the two individuals to recall the last time that they had read the Ohio
Hunting Regulations, one of the individuals replied that he didn’t think that he had ever read them. Officer Rucker advised the two
subjects that they were on a public hunting area which was closed for dog training from May 1 until Aug. 31 of each year. This is to give
wildlife, especially ground-nesting birds, a chance to raise their young without further disturbance from domestic animals. Officer Rucker
issued both individuals one citation for training dogs on an agreement area during the closed season. Each individual paid $145 in fines
and court costs in the Gallia County Municipal Court.



Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

Approximately one month after the 2012-2013 deer season ended, State Wildlife Officer Gus Kiebel, assigned to Clermont County,
received a call from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office about a deer being shot. Officer Kiebel made the call his top priority and
responded along with State Wildlife Officer Rick Rogers, assigned to Warren County. Upon being contacted by the two officers, a
suspect denied he was the one who shot the deer that was now dead in his neighbor’s yard. The officers gathered evidence from the
scene and also spoke with a witness who provided them with a detailed statement of the offense. Based on the gathered evidence and
the witness statement, the two officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home. A team of nine officers conducted the search
warrant in the house and found several guns fitting the description of the ones used in the violation. However, officers noted that the
condition of two of the guns at the time they were found were unusual since these particular guns had been disassembled and hidden in
the basement rafters. Forensic testing of all the guns seized identified the correct guns used to kill the deer. The suspect was charged
for the violation and his efforts to impede the investigation. He was found guilty on both charges in the Clermont Municipal Court and was
ordered to pay $250 in restitution for the deer and $614 in fines and court costs. The deer and the two guns used to kill it were forfeited
to the state.






July, 2013


CUFFS & COLLARS

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers


Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

During the July 4 fireworks celebration at Indian Lake State Park, officers with ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation, Division of
Watercraft and Division of Wildlife, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Twp. Police Department and
the Russell’s Point Police Department, along with multiple emergency response personnel from local agencies, worked together during
the festivities to protect and safeguard the lives of people and state property. State Parks Officer Jeremy Berger and State Wildlife
Officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, patrolled the Indian Lake bank as a tandem unit. While on patrol, the officers were
having a conversation with an off-duty Logan County sheriff’s deputy. During their conversation with the deputy, a man walked up to the
officers and said, “He (referring to the off-duty deputy) just ratted me out, didn’t he?” The officers had no idea what the man was
referring too, however, they knew that the man just told on himself. The officers later learned that this man and his group of friends were
in possession of multiple open containers of alcohol.

While checking sport fishing license compliance at Deer Creek Lake spillway, State Wildlife Officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway
County, observed a group of individuals fishing. One of the individuals got into in a vehicle and left before Officer Elster could contact
the group. Officer Elster made his way to the group and asked them where that individual went. One of the group members said the
individual was going to the store and would return. When the individual returned, Officer Elster asked to see a fishing license. The
individual showed the license, stating it was purchased it that morning. Officer Elster received information that the license was purchased
during the time the individual was gone. The individual was issued a summons for fishing without a license.


Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

State Wildlife Officer Josh Zientek, assigned to Huron County, was on patrol when he observed an individual fishing in the Huron River
above the dam in Monroeville. Officer Zientek contacted the individual and learned that the subject did not have a valid fishing license.
Officer Zientek then observed a basket of fish tied up to the bank. The man immediately told the officer that he did not catch the fish in
the basket and that somebody else gave him the fish. It was quickly determined that the subject had nine smallmouth bass, four over the
legal limit, and four of the bass were shorter than the legal length. After further questioning, the subject insisted that he did not know who
the man was that gave him the fish. The man also insisted that he was not going to keep the fish; he was just holding them in the basket
to take pictures of them. Officer Zientek issued the subject the appropriate summonses and he was later found guilty in Norwalk
Municipal Court.

In May 2013 during the annual white bass run on the Maumee River, State Wildlife Officer Eric VonAlmen, assigned to Lucas County,
received a tip from the 1-800-POACHER hotline. The information stated that an individual was fishing with more than two rods at Side
Cut Metropark in Maumee. Officer VonAlmen located the individual and watched him for a period of time. The individual was indeed
fishing with four rods. The action was so fast the angler could not reel in a fish and re-bait his hook before having fish on the other rods.
There is no bag or size limit on white bass, and this angler brought out three fish baskets, a large cooler, and a five-gallon bucket full of
white bass. A summons was served to the angler for fishing with more than two rods. Fines and costs of $145 were paid.


Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three

While patrolling an area known for illegal trash dumping activity, State Wildlife Officer Aaron Brown, assigned to Summit County,
discovered several rolled up pieces of plastic sheeting with blood and deer hair on them. Also in the area were other deer parts including
legs and a rib cage. Officer Brown unrolled a portion of the sheeting and discovered a temporary deer tag. Officer Brown was able to
retrieve the customer identification and the deer permit numbers to determine the suspect. The man was issued a summons for litter,
convicted in court and ordered to pay $240 in fines and court costs.

On the opening day of the 2012 deer gun season, State Wildlife Officer Tom Frank, assigned to Mahoning County, was canvassing a
complaint area and noticed a vehicle parked where violations have occurred in the past. The vehicle was parked beside several signs
that stated, “No Trespassing and No Hunting.” Officer Frank entered the property and observed a hunter wearing only camouflage
clothing. He contacted the man, inspected his firearm and determined that it was unplugged, a violation. The hunter indicated that he
was hunting with his brother. A quick check of the woods found the other hunter sitting in a tree stand wearing camouflage clothing as
well. Both of the men were charged with several wildlife offenses and ordered to appear in court. Although one of the court cases is
currently pending, the other individual was convicted and ordered to pay $315 in fines and court costs.

Last fall, State Wildlife Officer Scott Angelo, assigned to Columbiana County, was contacted by the local sheriff’s office in reference to a
vehicle that was stopped by one of their officers. The deputy responded to a complaint of shots being fired when he observed the driver
spotlight from the vehicle at 4 a.m. A firearm, spotlight and shells were located in the vehicle during the stop. Officer Angelo charged
three of the occupants with spotlighting and hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle. One of the occupants was also charged with
improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. All three were found guilty in Columbiana County Municipal court, fined $327 and
sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 days suspended. The men were also placed on probation and their hunting privileges were revoked
for two years.


Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

While working a fishing license compliance project, Wildlife Officer Eric Lane, assigned to Perry County, was notified by fellow wildlife
officers Chris Dodge and Dan Perko that there were two individuals at the edge of a river beneath a bridge. With the directions given,
Officer Lane made his way near the two individuals. There was an extremely steep bank down to the edge of the water. Officer Lane was
able to get within 10 yards of the fishermen. He observed them fishing for several minutes. Officer Lane then asked how they were
doing. The two men turned around and stated that they had not caught anything yet. Officer Lane asked them to hold up their fishing
licenses. One individual held up last year’s fishing license. The other stated that he had not purchased one yet. The two men reeled in
their lines and walked up the bank. The two men were cited in court with fines totaling $300. The case is still pending.

During the 2013 statewide muzzleloader deer season, Wildlife Officer Brad St. Clair, assigned to Noble County, was contacted by a local
sportsmen’s club about a freshly-killed deer they found on their property. The club members were concerned after they followed the
blood trail in the snow and found evidence suggesting a neighbor shot it while hunting without permission. Officer St. Clair and Wildlife
Officer Wes Feldner, assigned to Monroe County, responded to the scene and made contact with an individual. Further investigation
revealed the suspect unlawfully harvested the deer while hunting without written permission. However, his story didn’t completely add up,
so Officer St. Clair and Officer Feldner continued to question him about the circumstances surrounding the violation. The individual
actually shot the deer an hour and a half after legal shooting hours with a shotgun. The individual was issued citations for hunting
without written permission, taking a deer with an unlawful implement during the muzzleloader season and shooting a deer after hours.
The individual was found guilty in Noble County Court and ordered to pay $399 in fines and court costs. The deer was seized as
evidence and forfeited to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.


Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

While on patrol, State Wildlife Officer Jasmine Grossnickle, assigned to Miami County, watched two men fishing along the Great Miami
River. A City of Piqua police cruiser pulled into a parking lot near the location where the two men fished. Grossnickle drove past the two
men fishing and spoke to the Piqua police officer. While Grossnickle talked to the other officer, the fishermen very quickly packed up
their belongings and returned to their car. Grossnickle and the Piqua police officer contacted the two men. When asked for their fishing
licenses, the men stated that they did not think that they needed one to fish on the river. The men said they typically fished only at pay
lakes. The Piqua officer noticed that the man standing outside the driver’s side of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license. Both
men were issued citations for fishing without a valid 2013 fishing license. The Piqua officer advised the man standing by the passenger
side of the vehicle that he would have to drive the vehicle.



During the 2012 deer archery season, State Wildlife Officer Rick Rogers, assigned to Warren County, received a tip that a subject had
shot a deer illegally with an arrow containing a field point. Officer Rogers contacted the subject and was given the following explanation
by the man: “I had planned to go deer hunting with my friend and decided to practice a few shots while waiting on him to arrive. As I
released my arrow to shoot the target, a deer stepped out from behind an evergreen tree. The arrow missed the target and hit the deer.”

Immediately realizing that this was a fictitious explanation of the events, Officer Rogers advised the subject that he would get to recount
that amazing story to a judge. When Officer Rogers asked for his bow the man became nervous and advised he would like to keep his
bow and tell the truth, which he did shortly thereafter. The subject was charged with shooting a deer with a field tip, taking a deer without
a deer permit, and taking a deer without a hunting license. He paid a $100 fine on each count plus court costs. The judge was not
amazed with the man’s untruthfulness to Officer Rogers and ordered the bow to be forfeited as well.