ATHENS, OH – State Wildlife Officers apprehended three suspects last weekend for the alleged illegal taking of white-tailed deer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Wildlife Officers conducting surveillance in several areas, including Ross County, late Friday night observed vehicle lights cast into a remote field in Concord Township, near Old US 35 and Goodhope Road. Upon investigation, officers apprehended three individuals and seized a trophy white-tailed deer, two firearms, rifle ammunition, a spotlight, and a hunting knife.
Charges have been filed in the Chillicothe Municipal Court and they include; spotlighting, taking a deer after legal hunting hours, taking a deer with a rifle, aiding an individual in the unlawful taking of a wild animal, and deterring an officer.
– Cory A. Posey, 18, of South Salem has been charged with taking a deer with a rifle, deterring an officer and taking a deer after hours.
– Kyle E. Kruger, 20, of Washington Court House has been charged with spotlighting, deterring an officer, aiding an individual in the unlawful taking of a wild animal.
Charges on a juvenile are pending.
If convicted, suspects may face fines, jail time, restitution, and forfeiture of hunting privileges. All illegally taken wildlife, as well as firearms used in the violations, may also be ordered forfeited.
Wildlife officials will also seek restitution under the revised wildlife restitution law. The restitution law allows the Ohio Division of Wildlife to seek a recovery value on illegally taken wildlife, including trophy white tailed deer. The law provides a formula that considers the antler size of deer that meet minimum criteria of at least 125 Boone and Crockett (B&C) inches. The deer seized in Ross County has a gross-score of 186 7/8. When restitution formula is applied, the allegedly poached deer has a recovery value of $12,988.
Many investigations and surveillances operations are the result of concerned citizen reports and calls to the Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline. Callers can leave information on the TIP line 24 hours a day and may be left anonymously. To report a wildlife violation, call 1-800-POACHER, a county wildlife officer, or submit information online at www.wildohio.com
The recovery value for individual white-tailed deer is derived from the formula listed in 1531.201 of the Ohio Revised Code. The value is determined by measuring the antlers and using the following formula plus the value derived for wildlife species in the wild animal value formula (Currently $500 for antlered deer, 3/4/08). The formula for white tailed deer will be applied to all individuals whose gross score exceeds 125 Boone and Crockett (B&C) inches. The formula is:
Recovery Value = ((gross score – 100)2 x $1.65) plus the value derived in the Wildlife Value Formula.