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'
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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