State wildlife officer Greg Wasilewski, assigned to Richland County, received an anonymous report from the Turn In a Poacher (TIP) hotline about a deer that had been shot with a rifle during the bow season.
Wasilewski contacted state wildlife officer Nathan Kaufmann, assigned to Huron County, who located the deer carcass. Wasilewski traced the carcass to a residence, where he contacted the owner.
The man stated that his friend had offered to get him a deer, but he was a nonresident and did not want to purchase a nonresident license. The man purchased a resident license and deer tag and allowed the friend to hunt with him. Officer Wasilewski then contacted the man, who admitted to shooting the deer without having a valid Ohio hunting license or permit. The man was charged with hunting without a license, hunting deer without a deer permit, and providing false information while checking a deer.
He was found guilty on all charges and paid $685 in fines and court costs, with 40 days of suspended jail time and two years of probation. The person who purchased the hunting license and provided it to the man was charged with aiding an offender. He pleaded no contest and paid $214 in fines and court costs.
In another case, while checking anglers on the Auglaize River, state wildlife officer Jason Porinchok, assigned to Putnam County, observed two individuals fishing along the bank of the river.
After observing both fishermen for some time, Officer Porinchok contacted the men and asked to see their fishing licenses. One of the men stated that he wasn’t fishing and he was just watching his friend’s fishing pole for him. Officer Porinchok stated that he had observed the man bait the hook, cast the line and tend the pole for the last half hour. The man then advised that he was fishing and had caught several catfish, but did not have a fishing license.
He was issued a citation for fishing without a valid fishing license. He paid a $200 fine.