Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2005

Men face illegal hunting charges

Last update: December 17, 2005

Several hunting club members are accused of killing antlerless deer and taking more deer than allowed in the Ocala National Forest, state wildlife officials said.

Six members of the hunting group Astor Disaster Scrub Crew are facing numerous charges after officers investigated tips about illegal hunting in Lake County, said Lt. Gregg Eason of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Additional charges are pending in Volusia County against two juveniles for taking deer at night using a gun and spotlight, and a grandfather for destroying evidence, Eason said.

Jacob Dylan Harper, 19. And Berry Dewayne Harper, 28, both from DeLeon Springs; and Frank Paul Lalashius, 28, Lonnie Christopher Gregory, 25, and Nathan Jacob Lalashius, 25, all from DeLeon Springs, were arrested on charges stemming from taking illegal deer. A 17-year-old man was also charged with possession of illegal deer and conspiracy.

This is the second round of charges wildlife officers have filed in a crackdown on illegal hunting in the Ocala National Forest. The first round came earlier this month when officers charged two men from Orange City with a total of six illegal deer-hunting violations.

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