COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - A deer hunter from Ohio had the book thrown at him in court after he pleaded no contest to breaking multiple poaching laws.
Junior L. Troyer, 43, of Millersburg, was fined $27,000 in a Coshocton court for killing a trophy buck, and was stripped of his hunting license for one year.
He will also be entered into the Wildlife Violator’s Compact, and most likely will lose hunting rights in 46 other states.
In all, Troyer was found guilty of providing false information while game checking deer, attaching a game check number to a deer other than the deer it was issued to, taking more than one antlered deer in a license year, possessing deer or deer parts without an attached valid deer tag, and attaching an antlerless deer game check number to an antlered deer.
Wildlife K-9 Finn and his handler, State Wildlife Officer Jeremy Carter, located evidence that was crucial to the case. The ODNR Division of Wildlife has five K-9 teams throughout the state that are trained and certified to detect wildlife, gunpowder, and ginseng, and are certified in tracking.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife encourages anyone observing or suspecting that wildlife violations are occurring to report illegal activity by calling the Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) hotline toll free at 1-800-POACHER (762-2437) or submitting information online at wildohio.gov.
All information received by the TIP program will remain confidential.