Three men were recently convicted of poaching a white-tailed deer buck in the city of Maumee last Thanksgiving, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The deer was poached by the three individuals at night during the early morning hours with a crossbow.
The incident happened at approximately 3 a.m. near the St. Joseph Church and School. The 10-point buck had been a frequent resident of Side Cut Metro Park in Maumee and had been photographed numerous times by wildlife photographers in the park. The deer was killed near the sidewalk in a residential yard, and was likely shot from a vehicle.
Zachary Jarrell of Perrysburg was charged with four violations by the Division of Wildlife and two charges by the city of Maumee for the incident. Jarrell was found guilty and sentenced to 120 days in jail, 110 days of which were suspended pending he has no other violations for three years. The remaining 10 days will be served by electronic home monitoring. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the state for the value of the deer and $300 in restitution to the state to cover the cost of DNA testing during the case. Jarrell must also pay $593 in fines and court cost and complete 60 hours of community service. In addition, Jarrell had his hunting license suspended for three years in Ohio and 42 other member states of the Wildlife Offender Compact. He must also forfeit the crossbow used in the violation to the State of Ohio.
Nicholas Boggs of Rossford and Allison Swift of Perrysburg where also charged in the incident for aiding Jarrell in poaching the deer. They each paid $198 in fines and cost for their involvement in the event.
The public can report wildlife violations through the Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) Program. Established in 1982, TIP allows Ohioans to call a toll-free number from anywhere in the state to report wildlife violations. Calls regarding wildlife violations can be placed anonymously at 1-800-POACHER (800-762-2437).