OH: Poached deer nets hunter $23,000 fine
May 12, 2010
Poached deer nets hunter $23,000 fine
A record-book quality whitetail buck poached in Adams County last fall
resulted in a $23,572.05 restitution charge for a Scioto County man. The
Division of Wildlife announced Tuesday that this is the largest restitution
charge ever imposed on a trophy class whitetail in Ohio.
Johny B. Clay, 37, of Minford, pleaded guilty to four wildlife violations
which included taking a deer during closed season, hunting without
permission, hunting without a license and hunting without a deer permit.
West Union Judge Roy E. Gabbert Jr. presided over the case in a Scioto
County court room. In addition to the restitution charges, Clay was ordered
to pay $1,500 in fines and $134 in court cost and will lose his hunting
privileges for life. According to the Division of Wildlife, Clay had 10
previous wildlife convictions for deer violations and has spent time in jail
for some of the offenses.
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