Three men hunting in Belmont County during the 2018-19 deer-gun season paid nearly $2,200 in fines for hunting-related violations discovered by an Ohio wildlife officer.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, State Wildlife Officer Brian Baker who is assigned to Belmont County, contacted two individuals on an all-terrain vehicle. The men said they were coming from their deer camp and were heading out to hunt.
While Officer Baker checked their licenses and permits, the men stated they had a deer back at their camp.
Officer Baker asked both men to return to the deer camp so he could inspect the deer. At the camp, Baker found four deer, three of which were untagged.
All three men whose names were not released by ODNR, were issued a summons for not properly tagging their deer. Each paid $195 in fines and court costs.
Officer Baker was able to determine a fourth deer killed by one of the men at the deer camp was tagged incorrectly. That man was issued additional summonses for taking a deer without possessing a valid deer permit, providing false information when game checking a deer, and attaching a falsified deer permit.
The man paid an additional $1,605 in fines and court costs and he was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which was suspended by the court. He was placed on two years of probation, and his hunting license was suspended for two years.