Law­break­ers learn ex­pen­sive lessons

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nfl - By Dave Golowen­ski out­doors@dis­

Out­doors crime marches on, oc­ca­sion­ally im­peded by the thin green line.

• An Ohio Di­vi­sion of Wildlife of­fi­cer as­signed to Madi­son County as­sisted park per­son­nel in in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of scofflaws dump­ing trash from home into dump­sters at Madi­son Lake State Park.

• The deer hunter in Delaware County pro­duced his li­cense and per­mit, then added some loose talk. He told the wildlife of­fi­cer he’d killed only one deer so far in 2016 af­ter tak­ing four the year be­fore. Records showed he’d checked only two of the five, nei­ther of them the deer taken in 2016.

• A cou­ple of shoot­ers chuck­ing lead were cited in part to make clear to them that a park­ing lot at Wayne Na­tional For­est in Scioto County is not a des­ig­nated shoot­ing area.

• The two men told wildlife of­fi­cers work­ing the Met­zger Marsh Wildlife Area in Lu­cas County they hadn’t even started fish­ing be­cause of boat mo­tor prob­lems. Three un­der­sized walleyes in an on­board cooler told a dif­fer­ent story.

• An up­set hunter in Ma­hon­ing County ex­pressed re­morse that his shot, in­tended for a deer, had hit the house in his line of fire. The court helped ease a guilty con­science by im­pos­ing $291 in fines and court costs as well as an ad­di­tional $589 in resti­tu­tion for re­pairs.

• The not-youth­ful cou­ple fish­ing next to the “Youth Fish­ing Area” sign at Ber­lin Lake in Portage County agreed they weren’t ac­com­pa­nied by kids, whom they’d left at home. A ci­ta­tion ap­peared.

• Wildlife of­fi­cers no­ticed a dead wood duck stuffed un­der a log next to a blind hold­ing a group of early sea­son teal hunters at Grand River Wildlife Area. One of the hunters ac­knowl­edged his mis­take, re­fer­ring to the killing of an out-of­sea­son duck rather than to the clumsy at­tempt at hid­ing it.

• Yes, the duck hunter replied to the wildlife of­fi­cer check­ing Rush Run Lake in Pre­ble County, there cer­tainly was an ex­pla­na­tion why he couldn’t pro­duce a re­quired Ohio Wet­lands Habi­tat Stamp. He hadn’t bought one.

• Two net­ters scooped up 21 walleyes, six suck­ers, five carp and eight quill­backs in the no-fish­ing zone near the Bal­lville Dam in Fre­mont. The penalty was about $500 each. Five days in jail were sus­pended.

• A fish­er­man in Sum­mit County was cited for lit­ter af­ter he ac­knowl­edged he’d thrown the re­mains of nu­mer­ous fil­leted fish into North Reser­voir.

• Ine­bri­a­tion, a jack­light, a loaded shot­gun and a dark coun­try road soon led to un­in­tended con­se­quences for a Knox County hunter spot­ted in his parked pickup by pa­trolling wildlife of­fi­cers.

• In re­ply to a ques­tion­ing wildlife of­fi­cer, a man smok­ing mar­i­juana at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ot­tawa County said he in­haled for medic­i­nal pur­poses only. Be­sides, he’d found the reefer on a trail. These fab­ri­ca­tions got him kicked out of the marsh for the rest of the year.

• A Pike County man, ab­sent tags or other ev­i­dence, told wildlife of­fi­cers there was a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for the two deer hang­ing from a tree in his front yard. A group of hunters from North Carolina had stopped by and given him the deer.

• A hunter in Mar­ion County bought a deer per­mit two hours af­ter the buck was taken.

• The wildlife of­fi­cer walked to­ward the river to check on a fish­er­man and no­ticed some­one asleep in a ve­hi­cle parked nearby. The fish­er­man, it turned out, didn’t have a li­cense. But, he added, his part­ner in the ve­hi­cle did have a li­cense and was keep­ing watch in case a wildlife of­fi­cer showed up.


Seth Fei­der of Isle, Minn., shows off a large­mouth bass he caught on Lake Min­netonka in Min­ne­sota last week. He was get­ting in some fish­ing in ad­vance of de­fend­ing his ti­tle in the Bass­mas­ter tour­na­ment on Lake Mille Lacs this week­end.

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