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Litchfield Man Cited Twice For Hunting Violations

November 23, 2011

From TheJournal-News.net

In addition to hunters in the field over the weekend, Illinois Conservation Police were also out during the first half of the 2011 firearm deer season, making sure the laws were followed and hunting was safe.

One hunter was caught allegedly hunting without a permit in Hillsboro Township-by two different conservation officers twice on the same day.

Kevin E. Coatney, 37, of Litchfield, was ticketed for hunting without a valid deer permit at 7:28 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. He was also cited for failure to wear blaze orange while firearm deer hunting, and was issued two tickets for failure to tag a whitetail deer, one for a 12-point buck and the other for a button buck.

About nine and a half hours later, he was caught with a nine-point buck by a different conservation police officer on the same property.

At 5:06 p.m. he was again charged with hunting without a valid permit, attempting to take a deer without a valid permit, failure to wear blaze orange, failure to take a deer immediately upon kill, and failure to check a deer the same day as a kill.

Three Hunters Charged

Three men were issued multiple citations while hunting in Audubon Township.

At 5:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Cary S. Sparks, 46, of Edinburg, was charged with unlawful possession of a rifle in the field during firearm deer season, possession of a loaded rifle on a four-wheeler, failure to wear blaze orange, hunting without a valid license, hunting without a valid deer permit, hunting without a valid habitat stamp, and possession of a loaded weapon after legal hunting hours.

A half hour later on the same property, Clint S. Sparks, 18, of the same Edinburg address, was ticketed for hunting without a valid license, hunting without a valid permit, hunting without a valid habitat stamp, possession of a firearm after legal hunting hours, possession of a .22 caliber handgun while deer hunting, and two counts of transporting a loaded weapon on an ATV.

At the same time, a 16-year-old juvenile was cited for hunting without a license, hunting without a valid permit, hunting with no valid habitat stamp, and unlawfully taking a deer without a permit.

Two Tickets

Mile E. Ellison, 47, of Trenton, was issued two tickets for failure to tag a whitetail deer while hunting in South Fillmore Township at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

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