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What Were They Thinking?

March 14, 2016 - Larry Claypool
What were these guys thinking? It was late in the 2015 deer-gun season, in central Ohio. After the large group of hunters encountered a routine license inspection from a local Division of Wildlife Officer, the group continued their planned deer drive. They didn’t think they’d see Officer Matt Teders again that day. They did, and a few of his friends.

A seven-year DNR veteran, Teders kept his eyes and ears open as he visited with the group of hunters. Evidently none of the hunters had their ‘brains’ turned on. They did, however, turn on their two-way radios to communicate with each other as the deer drive was on. Teders reported most of the hunters had radios and he overheard others communicating with the group. After releasing the hunters Teders managed to dail-in his two-way radio to the same channel the hunters were using. Conversations heard by the DNR officer led to two of the hunters earning citations for their actions — and not for their “big bucks”.

The most recent “Field Reports” from the DNR reported this information about the group’s late season hunt at Deer Creek Wildlife Area, “after an investigation, it was determined that one hunter had killed a second deer before temporarily tagging the first deer. The investigation also revealed which hunter had spoken on the radio to let the other hunters know which way the deer was running. Radios can be used while hunting, but cannot be used to communicate deer movement. Two hunters were cited, one for harvesting a second deer before attaching a tag to the first, and the second for the use of a radio to communicate deer movements. The hunters paid $390 in fines and court costs.

What were they thinking?

And continuing in the ‘what were they thinking’ department, ODNR District Four Wildlife Officer Jerrod Allison managed to nab 11 (yes eleven!) hunters in one day for hunting without permission in southeastern Ohio. This multiple display of ignorance — or disrespect — led all 11 ‘hunters’ to be ordered to pay fines and court costs in Coshocton Municipal Court recently.

The ODNR’s Field Reports said, “during the extra two days of the 2015 deer-gun hunting season, State Wildlife Officer Jerrod Allison observed two hunters on private property in Coshocton County. Officer Allison received complaints about people hunting without permission on this property, so he made contact with the two hunters. They did not have written permission to be on the property, and further investigation revealed two other individuals were hunting with them. Officer Allison met the hunters at their vehicle on the next road over. As Officer Allison drove to that location, he observed a second group of seven hunters on the same property. He made contact with those hunters, who also did not have written permission. All 11 hunters were issued tickets for hunting without permission and all were ordered to pay fines and court costs in Coshocton Municipal Court.”

Disrespect for the law also extends to the fishing community. One Indiana man found himself in hot water, and an Ohio court, after he left several undersize dead fish near a campground near Lake Loramine (Shelby County). The man also lightened his wallet ($205 in court fines) for not having a non-resident fishing license.

This column originally ran in the March 2016 issue of the Ohio Valley Outdoor Times


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