Indiana Conservation Officer Andrew Harmon is investigating an incident of illegal deer hunting that occurred in LaGrange county on Saturday, Nov. 3, around 6:30 p.m. in the area of CR 1100E and CR 800N.
Harmon received information from a concerned hunter who had witnessed another hunter shoot a deer with a firearm. The witness saw the illegal hunter shoot the deer, retrieve it, and drag it behind a residence on CR 1100E.
Officer Harmon and Indiana Conservation Officer Patrick Heidenreich went to the residence and spoke with the hunter, who was a 15-year-old male. The teen allegedly admitted he shot the deer with a muzzleloader, did not fill out a temporary transportation tag, and also shot two antlerless deer during the special youth season and did not deliver those deer to a state deer check station or check the deer in online within 48 hours of time of kill. The teen’s muzzleloader and deer were seized as evidence. The deer was then donated to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program. The charges will be forwarded to LaGrange County Juvenile Probation.
Indiana Conservation officers remind hunters that the deer firearms season starts Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 2. Muzzleloader season starts Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 23, with a special antlerless season starting Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 6.
Indiana Conservation officers encourage hunters or citizens that witness fish or wildlife violations to call 1-800-TIP-IDNR or report violations online at www.TIP.in. gov.