JACKSON, OH – Five Ohio residents were served a total of 46 summonses for wildlife crimes today following a two month investigation into an alleged local poaching ring. The suspects are accused of poaching deer and wild turkey in Jackson and Gallia counties, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Wildlife officers and investigators were assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office as they executed four search warrants, four arrest warrants and issued summonses this morning. Officials seized white-tailed deer mounts and antlers, untagged wild turkey parts, firearms and all-terrain vehicles.
Wildlife officials began investigation of the suspects as a result of several complaints from local hunters and anonymous TIP’s called into the “Turn In a Poacher” hotline (1800-POACHER).
If convicted, the suspects will face fines, restitution, possible jail time and loss of hunting privileges. A first-time wildlife offense involving the illegal taking or possession of deer could result in fines of up to $500 and a maximum of 60 days in jail. All illegally possessed wildlife, as well as seized firearms and motor vehicles used in the violations, may also be forfeited by the court.
Investigation into this case is ongoing and additional charges are pending. Those charged today include:
Jackie W. Farley II, 33, of Thurman – Hunting without permission (five charges), failure to attach a temporary tag to deer (four charges), loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (three charges), failure to permanently check deer (four charges), hunting deer after sunset, attempt to take deer over limit (two charges), take deer over season limit, taking second antlered buck in a season, take third antlered buck in a season, shooting from a public roadway, and litter.
Carl E. Perry, 55, of Thurman – Hunting without permission (three charges), failure to attach a temporary tag to deer, failure to permanently check deer, provide false information to a check station, and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (two charges) .
Carl A. Perry, 22, of Thurman– Hunting without permission (two charges), failure to attach a temporary tag to deer, loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and failure to deliver deer to a check station.
Michael E. Perry, 32, of Vinton – Aiding a juvenile in taking deer after hours (two charges), possession of firearm under disability (two charges), failure to temporary tag a deer, and failure to permanently check deer.
Gary L. Duty, 60, of Bethel – Hunting without permission.