Originally Posted by equiniphile
They're doing an autopsy on the deer to make sure it was a bullet, but the AC person said he would definitely be fined that at the least for hunting with a gun out of season. The hunter didn't come closer when we called out, just stayed in the cover of the woods on that side of the field. When my mom said she was calling the police he turned on the spot and ran. AC said he's definitely going to investigate who it was, and we gave him a lead that it was probably the neighbor 3 doors down, who's 40, lives with his parents, and has been in countless run-ins with the law already. Yes, the deer was wasted, but hunting out of season is a big crime over here. AC said it was as bad as robbing a house.
But you don't know who shot the deer, you are assuming. AC and the Wildlife Division are not the same same thing. You gave a lead and they are going to investigate but that doesn't mean that the neighbor will be arrested. In researching OH hunting laws, I found you can not retrieve a wounded or dead animal from the property owners property without written permission. That in itself it sad if you shot and animal and can not retrieve it.
Do you know the hunter was not with a youth? No you are making assumptions as well as AC as before any fine can be handed out it has to go to court. I am very curious about the role of AC in this area as their involvement as Poaching is handled by the Wildlife Division in Ohio. You would also have to know if the hunter had a Crop Damage Permit which is also legal in Ohio no matter when the season is.
There is a lot more to convicting someone of poaching a deer than just calling the police.