FL: Hunter smoking pot, and other violations
FWC Weekly Report
This report represents some events the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission handled over the past week in the Northwest Region.
Two (hunters) were issued citations for hunting in a closed area.
The federal citations will bar both from hunting on Eglin Wildlife
Management Area for three years. A black powder weapon was seized from one
of the subjects when a computer check revealed a past felony criminal
history. Officer Bartlett is conducting an investigation into whether the
subject’s rights have been restored. Charges are pending.
Officers Joe Chambers and Jeff Gager were working the replica deer in the
western portion of Bay County near Steelfield Road and Bunkers Road. Two
subjects shot the decoy and left the area, but were apprehended. Weapons
were seized and citations issued.
Officers David Erdman and David Brady were working the replica deer in
the eastern portion of Bay County near some private hunting leases. They had
previously developed some information involving night hunting and taking doe
deer. On Friday night, two subjects shot at the decoy and subsequently fled
the area. Officer David Brady gave chase and the violators ended up on a
dead-end trail, then fled on foot. Officer Brady found the abandoned truck
containing rifles, camouflage jackets, and radios. As he secured the area
and waited for backup to arrive, one of the suspects approached and
surrendered. Officers Erdman, Neal Goss, Nick Price and Investigator Neal
Goss arrived on scene along with a Bay County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. The
missing suspect was located and arrested. The two were cited for night
hunting, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest.
Officer Joe Chambers was on patrol in the Ebro area when he checked a
subject whose vehicle had the faint smell of burnt cannabis. When asked
about the odor, the subject gave Officer Chambers a wooden box which
contained cannabis and rolling papers. Citations were issued. Later that
day, Officer Chambers was patrolling in the Choctawhatchee Wildlife
Management Area when he checked a hunter at his vehicle. Again, the odor of
burnt cannabis was detected and when asked, the hunter produced a cannabis
cigarette, a metal pipe, and a container of cannabis. Citations were issued.
K-9 Officer Mike Guy received information about a subject who had shot a
doe deer. He located two freshly killed doe deer at the subject’s residence.
One deer was being cleaned at that time. No permits for the deer were
present so the deer and a rifle were seized and a citation was issued.
Later, as Officer Guy was returning from taking the evidence to the Panama
City Beach Office, he stopped to conduct a welfare check on a vehicle
stopped in the roadway. The driver fled on foot and was picked up the next
day and arrested by Officer Guy for resisting arrest without violence. When
asked why he fled, the driver (recently released from prison) said that he
was extremely drunk.
Officer Kathy Jackson stopped a vehicle shining a spotlight into farm
fields off Odom Road. The vehicle was occupied by a man, woman and infant.
Officer Jackson’s investigation yielded one arrest of the passenger, the
adult male, found to be night hunting deer with a gun and light. His two
rifles and spotlight were seized.
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