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12/13/2020 - 12/26/2020


Conservation Officer (CO) Jeffrey Dell responded to a deer stuck in a baseball diamond.  The deer was unable to hop the fence or locate the opening.  CO Dell was able to herd the deer out of the diamond without incident.

COs Cody Smith, Jeremy Sergey, and Josh Boudreaux were checking anglers on a lake in western Marquette County when they observed an angler tucked in a distant bay on the lake.  As they approached the angler, CO Boudreaux was able to observe with his binoculars, four tip-ups and a rod set by various holes on the ice.  As the angler noticed the COs, he quickly stepped over to a hole and began reeling in one of his     tip-ups before walking back to his shack where he stayed until shortly before the COs arrival.  Upon contact, the angler told COs Smith and Sergey that he was the only one fishing and he only had three tip-ups out.  CO Boudreaux retrieved the fourth tip-up from where he had placed it and approached the angler holding the tip-up and his pair of binoculars for him to see.  The man stated, “Ok, I had four tip-ups out, but only because I was changing my holes!”  A citation was issued for fishing with too many lines.

CO Josh Boudreaux received a report that an individual in Negaunee had just shot a deer after dark and was actively tracking it through their backyard.  Due to the distance from the complaint, CO Boudreaux called Corporal (Cpl.) Brett DeLonge, who was     off-duty, and the Negaunee City Police Department to request their assistance.  Upon their arrival on scene, all the blinds in the residence quickly closed and the officers observed an untagged deer hanging in the garage.  The property owner finally came to the door and led the officers into the garage.  CO Boudreaux and Cpl. DeLonge interviewed the individual, who still had both deer tags in his pocket, who eventually admitted to shooting the deer at a different location, earlier in the day with a firearm.  The subject refused to say anything further.  Further investigation revealed fresh blood near a large bait pile in his backyard and many sets of truck and ORV tracks.  The individual was cited for possessing an untagged deer, the deer was seized and donated to a local family, and the investigation will continue with further charges brought forth at a later date.

CO Jeremy Sergey was at a DNR field office when an individual stopped in to register a fisher.  It was six days after the closure of the mandatory fisher registration.  An interview revealed the individual trapped the fisher five days after the season closure and he had attempted to make arrangements with a local taxidermist to drop it off.  A citation was issued for taking a fisher out of season and the animal was seized.


CO Michael Evink was working Christmas Eve when a report of a rollover accident came over the radio.  CO Evink responded and was first law enforcement on scene.  CO Evink made sure everyone was ok and policed the scene.  No tickets were issued due to the poor road conditions.

CO Andrea Dani was on patrol in Alger County when she observed a vehicle parked in the lane of oncoming traffic.  From the passenger side of the vehicle, CO Dani could see the barrel of a rifle pointed out the window.  CO Dani moved closer to the vehicle, verifying the driver was not armed.  Neither the driver nor the occupant noticed CO Dani.  She then announced herself as a conservation officer and ordered the gun to be put down.  The passenger stated he was just using the scope on the gun to observe a squirrel he was going to get out of the vehicle to hunt.  An additional loaded uncased firearm was found in the backseat.  Both the driver and the passenger were issued citations for transporting loaded and uncased firearms in a motor vehicle, and the passenger was also cited for attempt to take game from a motor vehicle.

COs Andrea Dani and Mark Zitnik responded to a complaint of a Trenary man who was possessing a live racoon.  CO Zitnik knew the residence well because he seized six racoon kits from this residence last summer.  At that time, the man was given a warning for keeping wild racoons as pets.  When the COs arrived, the man said he would not give up the wild animal.  He also informed the COs he had weapons in the house and dogs that would attack them if they entered.  After the brief conversation, the man fled back into the house and the COs observed the large dogs snarling at the door.  The man returned several minutes later with the racoon.  The racoon bit him as he attempted to put it in the animal carrier.  Alger County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Grahovac arrived and lodged the man for a probation violation.  A report will be sent to the Alger County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges.

CO Robert Freeborn received a complaint of a three-wheeler that had fallen through the ice on a local lake.  Since the incident happened in the evening, the owner waited until the morning to attempt to retrieve it.  CO Freeborn arrived the following morning and watched the owner and a friend winch it out of the lake and on top of the ice.  The  three-wheeler was then brought back to shore safely.

CO Todd Sumbera conducted a deer processor inspection which revealed a suspicious deer that had been harvested during rifle season.  While investigating, CO Sumbera discovered a few other illegal deer shot from the same camp.  COs Sumbera and Cole VanOosten contacted the individuals, interviewing five people in total.  CO Sumbera was able to confirm five deer that were shot without legal deer licenses at the time of kill.  A report will be forwarded to the Mackinac County Prosecutor’s Office for charges.

COs Todd Sumbera and Cole VanOosten were on a shining patrol of Mackinac County when they observed an ORV turn down a section of trail near where they were located.  The COs observed the operator cast an artificial light over several fields as he continued on the trail.  The COs followed the ORV for several miles and observed him disregard a stop sign on the ORV trail as well as two stop signs on the main road.  The COs activated their emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.  After the lights were activated, the driver looked back at the COs and increased speed, taking a sharp right turn across a roadside ditch and into the backyard of a nearby residence.  The driver drove a short distance before he exited the vehicle and fled on foot.  As the driver exited the vehicle, he looked back a second time at the COs patrol vehicle with emergency lights activated and began running.  As he ran, the COs observed him holding onto a small spotlight which he threw towards the woods as he ran.  A foot pursuit ensued, and the COs apprehended the suspect a short distance away.  The suspect was placed under arrest for flee and elude, and upon a search incident to arrest, it was determined that the subject was carrying a fully loaded revolver in his chest pocket.  The subject did not have a concealed pistol license and had a suspended driver’s license.  Two spotlights and the revolver were recovered and seized as evidence.  The subject was lodged in the Mackinac County jail for flee and elude, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm in commission of a crime, operate while suspended, and shining with a weapon in possession.


CO Andrea Erratt observed a large column of black smoke and drove to the source.  CO Erratt observed a huge pile of building materials burning in a pit with two men nearby, one of whom was tending it with a front-end loader.  The man with the excavator said he was burning two years’ worth of materials from yard cleanups and he had put five or six tires in the pile to get the stumps burning.  CO Erratt observed tires, metal frames from lawn furniture and chairs, hoses, plastic buckets, plastic drain tile, plastic garbage cans, plywood, particle boards, and the remnants of an old shed burning in the huge pile.  CO Erratt ticketed the landowner for illegal disposal of solid waste by burning and warned him for burning tires.

CO Andrea Erratt checked an 80 year old hunter who had shot a large cow elk.  CO Erratt helped the guide, the hunter, and his friend load the elk in the guide’s truck.

CO Adam LeClerc received a report of a dead cow elk in a field in Otsego County.  CO LeClerc responded and met with the complainant and was taken to the elk.  COs LeClerc, Nathan Beelman, and Kyle Cherry conducted a field necropsy on the animal.  One bullet was recovered from the animal and will be examined to determine caliber.  Other animals were legally taken in the same field during the December elk hunt.  The investigation is ongoing.

CO Tim Rosochacki responded to a single snowmobile crash in Tuscarora Township after the year's first snowfall.  A female passenger was thrown from a snowmobile when it caught a rut in the trail, and she suffered a significant arm injury.  CO Rosochacki assisted the Tuscarora Township Police at the scene.

CO Tim Rosochacki responded to an unknown snowmobile crash in Mullett Township.  Upon arrival on scene to assist the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, it was immediately determined that a male subject had been killed in the crash when the snowmobile failed to negotiate a bend in the road and struck a tree.  CO Rosochacki followed up with the female passenger at the hospital and assisted the sheriff's department with the investigation.  Speed and alcohol were determined to be contributing factors.

CO Kyle Cherry responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in Otsego County.  CO Cherry located and investigated the vehicle.  Ultimately, the driver received a ticket after a cocked, uncased crossbow was found underneath a jacket.  The driver admitted that he was road hunting for deer.

CO Kyle Cherry responded along with Otsego County Sheriff's deputies and the MSP to a head-on traffic crash with injuries.  Upon arrival, the CO and officers discovered two vehicles heavily damaged with one passenger ejected.  All occupants were conscious and received treatment at Otsego Memorial Hospital.

CO Eric Bottorff reports the results of a verdict in Cheboygan County District Court involving a bull elk hunter who had shot two elk during the 2020 September season.  The subject pled guilty and paid $5,000 in restitution for the extra illegal elk killed.

CO Tom Oberg was on patrol assigned to the December elk hunt detail when he responded to a report of a hunter that wounded a bull elk.  The hunter and the guide attempted to locate blood and tracks in the snow which proved challenging due to the wounded elk getting back into the herd.  CO Oberg assisted following the minuscule blood trail tracking it for approximately one and a half miles.  Upon locating the elk, it was determined it was still alive.  CO Oberg advised to wait and not to continue to push the elk possibly causing more harm.  After waiting several hours, the elk was located deceased, and the hunter collected their harvest.

CO Sidney Collins was working the December elk hunt when a lost hunter was reported in Montmorency County.  CO Collins was in the area and was able to quickly locate the hunter in the Pigeon River Forest.  The hunter stated he shot a cow elk and when he went to walk out of the woods his cell phone died, preventing him for calling for help or assisting him with directions.  At this point, the hunter was found but was unable to recall where the cow elk he shot was.  COs Collins and Nathan Beelman were able to assist the hunter in finding his dead cow elk.  The COs then assisted in pulling the elk out of the woods for the hunter.

Sgt. Mike Mshar and CO Sidney Collins assisted CO Jon Sheppard with a bull elk kill in Montmorency County.  A bull elk was found dead during the late elk hunt.  The bull was claimed by two different hunters who both claimed to have shot at a similar sized elk.  A necropsy was performed to retrieve the bullet.  The bullet was measured and found to belong to one of the hunters.  Ironically, it was not the hunter who gutted the bull elk.

CO Sidney Collins responded to a double cow elk kill in Montmorency County.  The hunter shot twice at what he thought was the same cow elk.  When the hunter walked up to the dead elk, he discovered that another cow elk close by was dead.  The hunter self-reported the incident.  He stated the cow elk must have switched places after the first shot.  COs Collins, Matt Theunick, and Sgt. Bill Webster were able to assist the hunter with his legally shot cow elk.  The other elk was donated to a local food bank.  Charges are being sought for the second illegally taken cow elk.

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling the December elk hunt when he received a complaint of a hunter in Otsego County who had shot a spike bull elk and had only a cow elk tag.  It was determined that the hunter had also shot a second elk which was never located.  The spike bull was seized and will be donated to a family in need. Charges are currently pending with the Otsego County Prosecutor’s Office.

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling in Montmorency County when he observed a snowmobile drive past him with no trail permit and no registration.  CO Liestenfeltz initiated a stop on the snowmobile.  After talking with the operator and explaining the law, CO Liestenfeltz issued the operator a ticket for not having a trail permit.

CO Paul Fox investigated a dead bull elk in the southern portion of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.  The bull died of a gunshot wound.  It appears it may have been from an elk hunter who did not realize they had hit the animal.  The incident is under investigation.


CO Amanda McCurdy received a complaint of a deer that was possibly shot while the hunter was trespassing on private property.  She responded to the area and located the area where a deer had recently been shot and dragged across the roadway.  The property owner, who lives out of the area, confirmed that no one had permission to hunt the property and there should not have been anyone on it.  CO McCurdy returned to the area and followed the blood trail across the roadway and onto a nearby property.  She then located a bait pile with fresh blood and conducted an interview at the residence.  The individual confessed to shooting a deer over bait and then trespassed to retrieve it. The deer was seized, and charges are being filed through the Benzie County District Court.

CO Steven Converse was on patrol at Tippy Dam when he observed a subject keep a short brown trout.  Oddly, one of the subjects in the back of the boat kept bending over and messing with a large tackle box.  When contacted and asked if they had any luck fishing, they stated, “Just one steelhead and some undersize browns we had to throw back.”  The fishermen initially denied keeping any brown trout but came around to admitting they kept “a couple” when CO Converse advised he had watched them keep at least one brown trout.  Ultimately it was discovered that the subject with the large tackle box had modified the tackle box to have a hidden compartment.  Inside the compartment, CO Converse recovered nine brown trout ranging from 11 to 14 inches in size.  Both subjects were issued tickets for possess/take undersize trout.  One of the subjects was also cited for littering as he had tossed a wad of fishing line into the woods when he first came ashore.  


COs Josh Russell and Ethan Gainforth conducted an interview on a subject regarding a complaint about a deer shot without a license.  The COs contacted the subject at his residence where he stated he had a tag for the buck and his brother had pictures to prove when he shot it.  The COs tracked down the brother and deer head at a local taxidermist.  The brother told a similar story, but the tag told a different story.  COs Russell and Gainforth went back and interviewed the suspect again.  This time they were able to get a full confession.  Charges are being sought through the Gladwin County Prosecutor’s Office.

CO Craig Neal was checking anglers as they came off the first ice of the year at Eagle Bay Marina in Arenac County.  CO Neal asked two anglers how they did.  They stated they caught four walleye and four perch.  CO Neal measured the four walleye for the two anglers.  All four walleye were under the legal-size limit of 13 inches.  CO Neal issued a citation to both anglers.


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CO Zach Bauer was contacted by a deputy from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department in reference to a safety zone complaint he was working.  CO Bauer checked into service and assisted with the complaint.  The Sheriff’s deputy arrested one hunter for possessing a firearm while a convicted felon.  Another hunter did not have a waterfowl hunting license and had not taken hunter safety.  CO Bauer issued a citation for the licensing issue.

COs Casey Varriale and Justin Ulberg received a trespass complaint of a hunter trespassing to retrieve a deer on the complainant’s property.  The COs contacted the complainant and he showed them the blood trail and where the deer died on his property.  There were drag marks leading to the road.  CO Varriale followed a blood trial from the point of death through a swamp and to a property to the south of the complainant’s property.  At the property, CO Varriale located a bait pile and a point of impact of where the deer was shot.  As CO Varriale approached the residence, he witnessed a man skinning a doe.  CO Varriale contacted the individual and noticed the deer was not tagged.  A short investigation revealed the deer was killed the night prior and the suspect stated he does not tag his harvested deer.  The suspect admitted to shooting the deer over his bait pile.  CO Varriale issued a citation for the violations.


CO Edward Rice assisted the Somerset Police Department with a breaking and entering in-progress.  CO Rice and the Somerset Police Department were able to locate the suspect behind a barn.  CO Rice contacted the property owner who had not given the suspect permission to be on the property or access the barn.  The suspect was arrested without issue and transported to the Hillsdale County jail.

CO Nick Wellman was at home when a complaint came in through Station 20 of a man who watched someone shoot from a vehicle after dark.  CO Wellman stayed on the phone with the complainant while he got his uniform on and responded.  The complainant was able to update CO Wellman with the suspect’s location as they were still in the field looking for the deer.  CO Wellman was just leaving his residence as the suspects were leaving the property.  CO Wellman was able to get a vehicle description from the complainant and located the vehicle as it was leaving the area.  CO Wellman conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the occupants.  After separating the two men, full confessions were obtained on shooting at a deer after dark from inside the vehicle along with other violations.  The firearm used was seized, and charges will be sought through the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office.

CO Pete Purdy assisted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department with a 911 call of a suicidal subject.  The subject was threatening to burn his condominium down and was sending pictures of himself with a belt around his neck to his ex-girlfriend.  Upon arrival the subject was very uncooperative.  He was eventually taken into protective custody without incident.

CO Todd Thorn was on patrol in Jackson County on Christmas Eve when he observed a vehicle parked in a strange location on the side of the road facing traffic.  He ran the plate and found that it did not belong to the vehicle.  CO Thorn then had a woman run to his truck saying that the parked vehicle was hers.  She said that she was visiting some friends at the house where she had come from.  There was a locked gate across the front of the driveway, so CO Thorn became suspicious.  CO Thorn asked for the woman’s identification and she said she did not have one.  He then asked for her name and checked the name for driving status and warrants.  The woman had two warrants for her arrest, including one felony for drug possession.  CO Thorn handcuffed and searched the woman and found a small amount of methamphetamine (meth) on her.  He also impounded and searched her vehicle and found more suspected meth in the vehicle.  The woman was lodged at the Jackson County jail on her warrants.  CO Thorn will be seeking charges through the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for several crimes.


CO Justin Muehlhauser followed up on a tip from Metro Police Authority and the Bishop International Airport police regarding a large bait pile bordering their property.  The CO checked the area and discovered approximately 15 to 20 gallons of bait and an established hunt site at the location.  CO Muehlhauser followed up with the property owner who provided a name for the hunter on their property.  The suspect agreed to meet the CO at the location to discuss the violations.  The suspect did not dispute that he placed the bait.  He also stated that he has hunted and intended to hunt the location. He was cited for making use of bait to aid in the taking of deer.

CO Jason King requested that CO Justin Muehlhauser follow up with a suspect out of Flint for littering in the Saginaw-Gratiot State Game Area.  A pile of trash was found which contained the suspect’s 2018 deer tags and a camping pass with his name on it.  When questioned about the trash, the man simply stated that it must have gotten away from him.  The man was ordered to clean up the trash and was cited for the littering.

CO Jaime Salisbury was patrolling and observed an ORV being operated down the sidewalk and the operator was not wearing a helmet.  CO Salisbury attempted to stop the ORV but upon activation of his emergency lights, the ORV fled the scene.  With the assistance of other local departments, CO Salisbury was able to track down a suspect and wait near his home.  After about 10 minutes, CO Salisbury observed the same ORV coming toward him on the roadway.  CO Salisbury again attempted to stop the ORV which attempted to flee the area again.  After getting about a quarter of a mile away from CO Salisbury, the ORV came to a stop because it ran out of gas.  CO Salisbury was able to now catch up to the rider and placed him under arrest for fleeing and eluding.  The ORV operator was lodged at the Lapeer County jail and charged with felony fee and elude and careless operation of an ORV.  Several citations were also issued for not having an ORV sticker, not wearing a helmet, and failing to transfer title of the ORV.

Sgt. Chris Maher and CO Ray Gardner followed up on a complaint from CO Jason McCullough about an illegal deer taken out of Calhoun County.  An early investigation showed a couple of native Oakland County residents went hunting in Calhoun County and each shot a deer.  Retail Sales System showed only one of the two hunters had a deer combination license, and the other had nothing.  Sgt. Maher and CO Gardner patrolled to Oakland County to attempt to contact the female suspect, but no one was at her residence when they arrived.  The COs then patrolled to Wayne County to contact the male suspect.  Upon arrival, Sgt. Maher and CO Gardner contacted one of the suspect’s parents, who contacted him via phone.  The male suspect was with the female suspect and they agreed to come meet with the COs.  When the couple arrived, they told the COs what happened.  The female suspect admitted to shooting the deer without a license and borrowing the male suspect’s other kill-tag.  Sgt. Maher and CO Gardner gathered information and written statements to be passed to CO McCullough for his investigation.

COs Joseph Deppen and Brad Silorey conducted an interview about a deer taken in late December on private property.  The offender said he took the doe behind his house.  The COs asked about bait, and the offender said, “Yes there is corn back here, I’ll be honest, and it will save you the walk back there.”  The COs needed the exercise and walked to the back of the property with the owner and found corn and the gut pile.  The COs also noticed a sign stating, “baiting for deer is illegal”.  Charges are being sought through the prosecutor’s office.

CO Joseph Deppen was traveling on I 94 when a call went out for a possible reckless driver approximately one mile behind CO Deppen’s position.  CO Deppen maintained the speed limit and the suspect vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed.  A traffic stop was conducted, and the suspect was issued a citation for 94 miles per hour (mph) in a 70-mph zone.

CO Joseph Deppen assisted on an ongoing case spearheaded by CO Justin Vanderlinde of Benzie County.  CO Vanderlinde executed a search warrant and found suspects who possibly stole a large hunting platform blind and took it down state.  Through a series of search warrants and interviews, COs Deppen and Vanderlinde located the stolen hunting blind and trailer.  The investigation also uncovered at least two 8-point deer that were illegally taken through the 2020 season.  Various violations that were uncovered range from illegal deer, hunting without licenses, and larceny over $1,000.  Charges are being sought through the St. Clair County and Benzie County Prosecutor’s Offices.  The case is ongoing, and more charges will possibly be sought.

CO Joseph Deppen worked the late duck season two-day split and observed a vessel tending to a layout rig.  The layout hunter shot a duck and crippled it.  The tender boat went to get the duck and it was quite mobile.  The hunter in the tender had a loaded shotgun in one hand and his hand operating the motor in the other.  During the chase down the hunter stood up multiple times shooting at the duck under power, the attempt was unsuccessful.  The hunter went and grabbed his compatriot from the layout rig and together they continued to have loaded firearms in a motorized vessel and kept shooting at the duck under power.  CO Deppen contacted the hunters and spoke about their violations.  Numerous marine safety warnings were given, and citations were issued for loaded firearm in a motorized boat.

CO Joseph Deppen responded to a trespassing complaint in Macomb County.  CO Deppen met with property owners and found a large pile of trash and burn pile that was yards across the property line.  CO Deppen was familiar with the landowner who supposedly had put the trash there.  CO Deppen interviewed the subject about the trash, and he admitted to putting it there as a burn pile.  The subject said he thought it was on his property.  Further investigation led to discovery of trespassing and baiting deer.  CO Deppen gave verbal warnings on the trespass and baiting and issued a civil infraction citation for littering on unauthorized private property.  CO Deppen gave the subject 48 hours to clean up and properly dispose of all trash on the neighboring property.

CO Joseph Deppen was traveling down I 94 when he was passed at a high rate of speed by a swerving Ram truck.  As the truck passed CO Deppen, he used radar to clock it at 91 mph.  The truck switched to the center lane and almost rear ended a tow truck driving the speed limit.  CO Deppen initiated a traffic stop and the driver was cited for 91 mph in a 70-mph zone.

CO Joseph Deppen was finishing up checking waterfowl hunters when a complaint came in about multiple vehicles trespassing on private property.  CO Deppen arrived on scene and located two out of three suspect vehicles.  The third vehicle was stuck in a swamp and could not get pulled out.  A tow service was called by the vehicle owner and was towed out of the swamp.  All three subjects were given verbal warnings on ORV trespass and using ORVs to cause erosive conditions.  They were all issued citations for operating an unlicensed ORV.

CO Nicholas Ingersoll was contacted by a local meat processor of an out-of-state deer being dropped off at their facility.  CO Ingersoll was in the area and was able to respond to the processing facility and met with the suspect who had dropped off an Ohio deer to be processed.  CO Ingersoll was advised by the processing facility that they had advised the suspect that he could not bring a deer across the state line unless it met the legal criteria.  CO Ingersoll spoke with the suspect who still dropped off a doe that he had shot in Ohio.  The suspect stated that he thought he could still get it processed in Michigan.  CO Ingersoll explained the importance of not transporting deer across the state line and issued the suspect a citation for importing/possessing an out of state cervid in Michigan.  The deer was seized and properly disposed.

CO Nicholas Ingersoll was patrolling for hunting activity when three ORVs pulled out in front of him onto the roadway leaving a field they were trespassing in.  CO Ingersoll attempted to make a traffic stop on the three ORVs when they all looked back at CO Ingersoll and failed to stop.  All three continued to head north attempting to elude CO Ingersoll.  CO Ingersoll pursued the three ORVs for a short distance when one of the ORV riders left the roadway and jumped a ditch into a nearby tilled field.  The rider failed to make the maneuver and crashed his ORV in the field.  The rider was able to get up from his crash without injury and was detained by CO Ingersoll.  The other two ORVs continued down the road where a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy and an MSP trooper were able to catch up to them at a nearby residence.  CO Ingersoll interviewed all three suspects, and it was determined that they were 15, 16, and 17 years old.  They all admitted to seeing CO Ingersoll and did not want to get in trouble for riding in the field and in the ditches.  CO Ingersoll spoke with the parents of the juveniles and all three were turned back over to their parents.  CO Ingersoll will be submitting charges for Flee and Elude and Operating an ORV on the roadway. 

CO Nicholas Ingersoll was checking a hunting spot where he has received complaints of possible illegal activity in the past.  CO Ingersoll observed a hunter who was leaving a night of hunting and contacted him at his truck.  The hunter quickly shut all the doors to his truck and spoke with CO Ingersoll.  After checking licenses CO Ingersoll asked to see the hunter’s firearm since he had quickly hidden it.  The hunter complied and CO Ingersoll asked if it was unloaded and the hunter stated he was unsure.  The hunter ejected a round from the barrel and said he must have forgot to unload it when he put it in his truck.  CO Ingersoll asked the hunter why he was using a .270 rifle, and the hunter advised he was coyote hunting.  CO Ingersoll asked why if he were coyote hunting would he hand him his deer license.  CO Ingersoll asked the hunter if there was any bait on the property as he has received a complaint in the past, and the hunter stated he was unsure.  A check revealed sugar beets that were covered in the fresh snowfall.  The hunter said he did not hunt there today and did not know about the sugar beets and it must have been his friend who put them out there.  CO Ingersoll spoke with the hunter and advised him to clean the bait up and explained the legal firearms to use in the limited firearm deer zone.  CO Ingersoll issued a warning for the baiting of deer and cited the individual for possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

CO Nicholas Ingersoll received a complaint that an individual was deer hunting on a property he did not have permission for in Bedford Township.  CO Ingersoll responded to the complainant’s house and was advised by the complainant that he was the only person who had permission on that parcel to hunt.  The complainant also advised that he located bait and a blood trail where it looked like a deer had been shot.  CO Ingersoll was able to follow the blood trail back to a neighboring residence and contacted the suspect.  The suspect stated that he had placed the bait on the property, but when questioned about the deer he said that his best friend had shot the deer.  The complainant stated that his friend had shot the deer the night before and he had the deer hanging in his garage.  CO Ingersoll located a skinned doe in the garage and when asked where the kill-tag was the individual stated that his friend that shot the deer had taken the tag with him when he left.  When questioned about the property line they stated they had permission from an individual named Aaron.  CO Ingersoll was able to confirm that Aaron did give them permission to hunt his property, however that the hunters were not on Aaron’s property.  After talking with both suspects it was determined that the doe was shot with a crossbow under the moonlight at approximately 6:20 pm.  The hunter admitted that he knew it was well after shooting hours when he shot the deer, and it was the only one he had seen all day.  Charges for taking a deer after legal shooting hours and taking a deer over bait will be sought for one of the hunters and charges for baiting whitetail deer will be sought for the other hunter through the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.