WABASH COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) -- In the first hours of deer firearms
season, three men were charged after admitting to Indiana conservation
officers they were baiting deer with water softener pellets while
hunting in Wabash County early Saturday morning.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources , when
conservation officers found out about the violation through a tip, they
raided the area near Lafontaine, Ind. by four-wheel drive trucks and
Tony L. Baker of Waterloo, H. Brent Davis of Auburn and Bradley D.
Schilling of Auburn were charged with one count each of hunting deer by
aid of bait and surrendered their weapons.
Officers said they admitted to placing the bait in the field to lure
deer to their hunting area.
During the investigation, officers also found several other
unoccupied baited stands in the area, which they believe were going to
be hunted from at some point.
The hunters are scheduled to appear in Wabash Superior Court on
December 5, 2011.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind hunters that an area is
considered baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait and any
contaminated soil from the bait site.
Scents and lures are lawful to use however any substance that may be
eaten by deer would be considered unlawful bait.
“Baiting deer is not a practice that conservation officers and
ethical sportsmen should or will tolerate,” said investigating officers.
The regular deer firearms season is in until November 27th, 2011.
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