FL: Hunting and fishing violations
December 15, 2009
FWC Weekly Enforcement Report
FWC DIVISION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FIELD OPERATIONS WEEKLY REPORT December 4
- 10, 2009
This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;
however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law
SANTA ROSA COUNTY Officer Royce Johnson and several other officers
responded to a night hunting complaint in the Munson area. The complainant
heard three shots fired behind his home and observed a truck parked at the
corner of the field. He followed the truck to a residence where a subject
known to him exited the truck and apologized for shooting there. The
responding officers found a dead doe deer in the field. The suspect was
interviewed and charges are pending against the suspect for taking deer at
night with a gun and light.
Lt. Dan Hahr was on patrol near the Milton area when he observed three
subjects standing on the shoulder of a public road. As he approached, he
observed one of them carrying a shotgun. The subjects admitted to trying to
kill a deer and were waiting for one to come out in front of them. After
interviews, one subject was issued a notice to appear for attempting to take
deer with a firearm during crossbow season and attempting to take deer from
a public road right of way.
Officers David Jernigan and Joe Murphy received an anonymous complaint
that several individuals had killed a deer and were cleaning it behind a
house. The officers arrived at the residence and saw a shed in the back of
the property with a light on, along with several shadows moving around
inside. One of the individuals stepped out of the shed, then ducked back
inside. The light went out and several individuals quickly exited the shed.
The officers rounded up the individuals and returned to the shed. They found
one doe deer on the floor and one more already dressed and cut up. After
interviews, one suspect admitted to shooting both deer and two other
suspects admitted to helping track and load the deer into a vehicle and
later transport it to another vehicle before bringing the deer to the shed.
The officers also found two untagged alligator hides in the shed. The
subject who admitted to shooting the deer told officers that an FWC nuisance
alligator trapper had given him the skins earlier in the summer. After a
call was made to the nuisance trapper, the subject's story changed and he
admitted that the hides were given to him by someone else. That subject was
given a notice to appear citation for taking deer out of season and
possession of untagged alligator parts. Two other subjects were issued
notices to appear for possession of antler-less deer out of season. The
alligator parts, a Remington model 700, and the deer meat was seized.
OKALOOSA COUNTY Officer Andy Maltais was on patrol in Destin at
approximately 8:30 p.m. when he pulled into Destin Marina to check some men
fishing from the docks. One subject was in possession of a 37-inch red drum.
The fish was seized and the subject was issued a citation for possession of
oversize red drum.
In October, three subjects were charged for taking deer at night with a
gun and light. The subjects recently attended court and were each sentenced
a $785 fine, 12 months probation, and one year suspension of hunting
privileges. The firearm used was also forfeited.
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