Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that an anonymous tip has led to an investigation and multiple charges. Eddie Elliott (69) of Petersburg Indiana has been charged with the illegal taking of five white tailed deer, over bagging on antlered deer and failure to check in a deer within 48 hours.
After an initial interview, Cpl. Trent Stinson obtained a search warrant for the Elliott property, and evidence of the violations was seized from the garage of the residence. This included evidence of two antlered deer. Licensed hunters are only allowed one antlered deer throughout the deer season (excluding urban deer zone bag limits and military refuge hunts).
Elliott later cooperated with the investigation and admitted to taking five deer without checking them in to a DNR check station. Reimbursement for taking or possession of illegal deer can be $500 dollars for the first violation and $1000 for any subsequent violation.
To report fish and wildlife violations you can contact the TIP hotline at 1-800-TIP-IDNR, by texting IDNR to TIP411 or online at http://in.gov/dnrtip/webroot/. Tips can lead to arrests and cash rewards.
SOURCE: Indiana Department of Natural Resources/Indiana Conservation Office New Release - December 8, 2012