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
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
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.
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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