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IN: Ohio trio faces poaching charges in Switzerland County

October 4, 2010

Ohio trio faces poaching charges in Switzerland County

SWITZERLAND COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Indiana Conservation Officers investigated a complaint of illegal hunting Saturday which ended in the apprehension of three Ohio men. According to Indiana Conservation Officer Brad Wehner, an anonymous call was placed alerting conservation officers of suspected illegal hunting activity on private property along Brushy Fork Road in Switzerland County.

Conservation Officers located the three men illegally hunting with high-powered rifles. They are alleged to be involved with the poaching of deer and turkey.

Kelly King, 32, and Robert Long III, 24, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Phillip McElfresh, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, face a list of charges including hunting deer and turkey with illegal firearms, illegal possession of deer and turkey, and failing to purchase hunting licenses. All charges are class 'C' misdemeanors.

The three are to appear in Switzerland County Circuit Court later this month. In Indiana the archery seasons for deer and turkey opened October 1. Indiana does not allow the high-powered rifles used in this incident to be used in any of its deer or turkey seasons.

Citizens are encouraged to call the Turn-In-A-Poacher hotline if they suspect illegal fish and wildlife activity or polluting. The toll-free number is 1-800-TIP-IDNR (1-800-847-4367).

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