OFFICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

Weekly Activity Report

November 2, 2012

REGION I

A CPO stopped a vehicle for speeding in Starved Rock State Park.  After making contact with the subject, it was discovered that the subject did not have a valid driver's license.  After further inquiry it was discovered the subject was in possession of marijuana.  He was arrested for DUI-Drugs, Driving While License Suspended and Possession of Marijuana.  Another subject in the vehicle was also charged with Possession of Marijuana.  Another CPO assisted in the arrests of the subjects.

A CPO cited two waterfowl hunters for failing to maintain a separate bag limit.  The CPO snuck up on two waterfowl hunters that he had cited last year for failing to maintain a separate bag limit.  The hunters had their bag limits clearly separated.

CPOs cited two individuals for littering and hiking off of marked trails at Starved Rock State Park.

A CPO in Henderson County investigated the unlawful taking of a whitetail buck.  The deer was shot from the roadway.  A bow hunter in the woods was nearly struck by a rifle bullet.  Suspects have been identified and multiple charges are pending.

CPOs could have been YouTube stars if someone would have had a video camera.  CPOs responded to an injured pelican on the Illinois River.  A local tug operator had seen it in the same location for the past four days and it appeared to have an injury to its right wing.  The officers located the pelican in a backwater.  After some time the officers were able to get it out into the main channel.  The officers soon learned the pelican had a tighter turn radius than the boat they were on.  Several different tactics were used to capture the pelican.  After approximately 1 hour of pelican wrangling the officers successfully captured the injured bird.   The pelican was taken to a local veterinarian.  The veterinarian determined the bird had an injured right wing from some unknown source.  It had not been shot as previously believed.

A CPO responded to an injured hiker at Starved Rock.  The hiker was walking in a canyon, on a marked trail, when he stepped into a leaf covered hole and suffered a broken right ankle.  Utica Fire and Rescue responded and transported the hiker to a local hospital.  No enforcement action was taken.

A CPO stopped an ATV being operated on a township road in south Knox County.  A bloody arrow was found to be within the quiver of his bow case.  An interview of the operator determined that he was an archery deer hunter who had harvested a deer the previous day.  Additional follow-up found the hunter had failed to tag his deer and obtain a harvest confirmation number as required.  He was issued a citation for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill.  The deer was tagged while written warnings were issued for failure to obtain a confirmation number before 10pm the day of harvest and for unlawful operation of ATV on a highway/right of way.    

A CPO handled a boat accident that involved multiple people being hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning.  The investigation into the Co2 poisoning is completed.  It was determined that no mechanical system failures occurred onboard the boat.  The boat was heading downstream at a slow speed.  The cabin area was partially covered due to the cooler weather.  The wind was blowing into the back of the cabin and a “backdraft” effect took place.  This caused the Co2 from the boats exhaust to fill the cabin and cause people to pass out and become ill.  Four of nine passengers passed out and were hospitalized.  This could have resulted in the death of several people.  Boaters with cabins are urged to have a Co2 alarm onboard their boat to prevent this possible deadly occurrence from happening.

A CPO assisted the Illinois State Police with a vice presidential security detail.  Vice President Biden flew into Rockford, IL and then the vice presidential motorcade drove to Wisconsin.  The security detail involved securing all bridge overpasses along the vice presidential motorcade route.

While conducting sport fishing enforcement, a CPO encountered two anglers along the Rock River in Rockton, IL. One angler was carrying a large Carp and the second angler was carrying a bucket. While speaking with the anglers, the CPO

noticed a freshwater mussel clearly visible inside the bucket. Upon questioning the angler and a subsequent inspection of the buckets content, the CPO discovered the angler was illegally in possession of several additional mussels.  While inspecting this angler’s fishing license, the CPO discovered the angler was in possession of a resident Illinois sport fishing license while being a resident of Wisconsin.  The CPO photographed the mussels, then released the live mussels and seized the remaining dead mussels.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

REGION II

No activity reported.

REGION III

A CPO was patrolling Vermillion Co and entered a deer camp which was being hunted by hunters from Michigan.  The CPO found an untagged 13 pt buck deer on the back of an ATV with no one around.   After waiting, a Michigan man returns with his freshly purchased hunting license and deer tags.  The CPO cited the man for Unlawful Take of Deer, Hunting Over Bait and Failure to Tag Immediately Upon Kill.  Two other Michigan hunters were cited for Hunting Over Bait.

A CPO arrested a Hammond man in Piatt County wanted on one Piatt and one Douglas County arrest warrants.  The Piatt County warrant stemmed from three wildlife citations he issued the man in Piatt County in December 2011.

A CPO arrested a Clark County man for Fishing without Permission and Trespass to Property on private land in Clark County.  The man was caught on the posted land/water by use of a trail camera.

A CPO is investigating a 10 pt. buck that was shot with a .243 rifle in Vermillion County.  The CPO located a man nearby with a .243 rifle who admitted to shooting three times at a coyote.  The rifle was seized, investigation and charges are pending.

REGION IV

Nothing reported.

REGION V

A CPO cited a man in Saline County for hunting deer over bait.

A CPO cited a Bonnie man for falsifying application to receive landowner permits and unlawful take of a turkey.  The CPO also cited a Bluford man for off-roading at Ten Mile Creek SFWA.  The man buried his truck in the ground.  The CPO made a case on a Mt. Vernon man for unlawful possession of a raccoon during the closed season and failure to tag and check-in an archery killed deer.

CPOs cited an Indiana deer hunter for no permit, unlawful take of an 8 pt buck, hunting without a license and numerous warnings in Gallatin County.

A CPO assisted Union County Sheriff on a man that ran a traffic stop.  The CPO was able to locate the man with night vision goggles running in a field.  Both men were charged with unlawful possession of meth and jailed.

A CPO instructed a hunter safety class at Alto Pass.

A CPO is investigating a deer poaching case in Union County.

A CPO used sonar to assist the Jackson City Police Department in Missouri.  Sonar was used to scan an area of the Mississippi River on the Illinois side to look for a female murder victim.  No targets were located nor were any targets revealed on the foot search.

A District Sergeant instructed water safety class for the recruits in Springfield.

A District Sergeant attended a de-briefing meeting for the Ft. Massac Encampment.

District 16 patrol boats were cleaned, serviced and winterized for storage.

Office of Law Enforcement

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT

November 9, 2012

REGION I

District 7 Officers conducted a night airplane detail with assistance from the Illinois State Police Air Operations in Warren, Knox and Fulton Counties.  During the detail, 8 citations and 10 written warnings were issued and 5 firearms were seized pending court action.

A CPO located a deer hunter hunting over salt and deer cain.  Two citations were issued and the hunter has a mandatory court date.

A District 7 CPO received a hunting without permission complaint from a landowner in an area just north of

Elmore along Walnut Creek in NW Peoria County. Upon meeting with the landowner, the CPO and the landowner made contact with the subjects who were actively engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine. The female was detained at the scene by the landowner and the CPO engaged in an approximately 2 hour foot pursuit of the suspect after he fled on foot.  During this pursuit, the male was sprayed with pepper spray but was able to continue fleeing after diving into the creek. The male subject was eventually taken into custody with assistance from Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Stark County Sheriff’s Department, Peoria County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police. Both subjects were transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria for treatment. The male was transported by Williamsfield Ambulance.  They were treated and released and booked into Peoria County Jail for multiple felony offenses relating to manufacture of methamphetamine.  The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response team was contacted and took over to clean and collect the evidence of hazardous materials.

REGION II

CPOs cited three subjects for hunting on State property (in Lake County) in a restricted area and for hunting deer with use/aid of bait.  The subjects were also issued written warnings for no hunting licenses/habitat stamps.

A CPO received an anonymous complaint of a baited deer stand (in Lake County).  CPOs met the complainant and found two subjects hunting with use/aid of bait.  Both were issued citations. 

While on patrol, a CPO was informed of three subjects hunting in the wrong area of Volo Bog State Park.  The CPO located the hunters and discovered none of them had the proper licenses or deer tags. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO stopped a juvenile in Lake County near Antioch and seized a cannabis pipe from him.  The juvenile was transported to the Antioch Police department where his mother picked him up.  A field report was sent to the Juvenile State's Attorney for review and possible charges.

REGION III

A CPO stopped a car driven by Terre Haute, IN man who passed his squad in a No Passing Zone in Clark County.

The man’s driver’s license was suspended.  The CPO arrested the man for driving while license suspended and passing in a no passing zone.

A CPO, while patrolling Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park in Macon County, arrested a Decatur man for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of not more than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

CPOs were informed by another CPO to check a hunter in an area that was baited to attract deer in Coles County.  They located a Coles County man, issued citations for hunting over bait and hunting w/o valid permits or license in possession. 

REGION IV

A CPO located a baited area in Greene County.  He located two hunters on the property, but neither was hunting over the bait. During an interview, he obtained a confession as to who placed the bait in the field. The subject was issued a citation for unlawful feeding of deer.

A CPO located two hunters in Adams County hunting over bait. One subject was hunting over a mineral block. The other hunter was hunting over a "Trophy Rock".  Both were issued citations for hunting over bait.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Greene County.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Jersey County.

REGION V

 CPOs and a District Sergeant cited four separate boats for entering the Rend Lake sub-impoundment waterfowl areas prior to the start of duck season.

A CPO inspected a person keeping quail without a game & game breeder permit.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO cited a fisherman on Rend Lake for taking 8 crappie over the limit.

A District Sergeant cited waterfowl hunters for early entry into the Rend Lake sub-impoundment areas prior to 4:30 am.

A CPO caught a man trespassing on coal property in Saline County.  The man was "coyote" hunting from his truck.  He had a loaded .22 rifle on his lap and a cocked, crossbow in the bed of the truck.  The CPO issued 4 fishing citations last spring to the man fishing on the same property.  This go-round, he was cited for hunting by aid of a vehicle, possessing an uncased, loaded weapon in the vehicle, hunting without permission, failure to tag a deer and failure to call in a deer.  A portion of the case is still under investigation.

A CPO cited a man in Hardin County for unlawful take of deer during the closed season, possession of a freshly killed deer during the closed season, hunting by the use of bait (apples), unlawful take of a deer and retaining a live deer.  The deer was taken by hand, retained and later died from wounds sustained from the unlawful take. 

A CPO cited an out of state hunter in Gallatin County for hunting without a license, no habitat stamp, unlawful take of a deer without a valid either sex permit, unlawful take of an 8 point buck, use of another's permit and unlawful operation of an ATV on public lands.

CPOs assisted District 14 officers at the Rend Lake complex for the opening weekend of duck season.  One CPO issued a citation for a documentation violation and several written warnings.

A CPO issued a Perry County bow hunter a citation for unlawful hunting in a waterfowl rest area.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class at the Du Quoin Middle School, approximately 35 students attended the class. 

A CPO attended a Hunter safety class in Alto Pass, 30 students were in attendance.

A CPO charged an Alexander County man for taking a deer with a rifle and then purchasing a archery permit and tagging the deer.  Both the deer firearm and permit were seized.

A CPO arrested two Tennessee men in Pulaski County for spotlighting and possession of an uncased firearm and bow.  The men admitted to shooting deer from the vehicle.

A District Sergeant instructed a water safety class for the recruits.  

A CPO is investigating a Jackson County hunter for poaching a deer from a vehicle with a rifle.  Charges are pending on this case.

Office of Law Enforcement

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT

November 16, 2012

REGION I

A CPO and CPOT noticed a truck traveling on the interstate with blood on the tailgate.  As the CPOs got closer to the truck, they noticed two bucks and one doe in the truck bed.  The officers initiated a traffic stop.  While the CPO checked the hunting licenses of the individuals who had recently hunted, the CPOT noticed that both bucks were tagged with the same tag (the head tag of one buck was on the leg of the other).  A check revealed that the landowner only had one antlered deer tag.  A fresh deer hide was also located in the bed of the truck.  The occupant claimed it was a two week old road kill deer hide, but did not have a tag for the hide.  The occupant claimed that he killed one of the bucks a day prior, but received a recorded message to report his harvest on the internet.  The officer asked the individual to show him the number he called in his recent calls.  The occupant was unable to locate such a number.  One of the bucks was seized and the occupant was cited for unlawfully taking a whitetail deer, failing to report a harvest, illegal possession of a fresh deer hide and unlawfully taking an antlered deer without a valid permit.  The hunter’s antlerless deer permit and shotgun were seized.  Additional charges are pending.

A CPO received a call that a male had been hit by a slug that had traveled through his bedroom wall and hit him on the other side of his room.  He only received a contusion.  The male stated he heard a loud shot and could see the hole appear in the wall when he felt the shot.  An investigation is ongoing by Conservation Police, at this time a shooter has not been identified.

The District 7 Sgt in Fulton County responded to a complaint after a subject was observed pouring a substance on the ground and then climbed into a deer stand.  Upon arrival it was found that that the substance was liquid deer cocaine that had just been purchased that day.  The nonresident hunter was cited for hunting over a baited area and also for making salt/minerals available to white-tailed deer.

A  District 7 Officer responded to a citizen’s complaint of two Wisconsin residents shooting two deer with firearms one day prior to firearm deer season.  Both subjects were observed with uncased shotguns on an ATV and were found to have shot and reported two deer the previous day.  Neither subject had non-resident hunting licenses or permits.  Eleven citations were issued for the violations.

A District 1 CPO issued a citation to a Prophetstown man for throwing a dead cat into the yard of another.

A District 1 CPO issued a citation for illegal transportation of alcohol to a Fulton man after a traffic stop was made for possible illegal deer hunting from a vehicle at night.

A District 1 CPO issued a citation to a Chadwick man for deer hunting on property without permission.

A District 1 CPO issued a citation to a Montgomery man for placing out a salt/ mineral block in the area he deer hunts in Whiteside County.

A Sterling man was issued multiple citations for unlawfully shooting an 8 point whitetail buck after already filling his only either sex firearm deer permit.  He was also charged with failing to tag another deer he had killed earlier.  He transported it home with no deer permit and he failed to check it in as required.  The buck’s head, hide, and processed deer meat were seized.      

An officer wrote a driver a DUI.  This was the driver’s fifth DUI.  Aggravated charges are pending.

A CPO II in Winnebago County received a complaint of two rifle shot deer in Winnebago County.  Investigation is pending.

While checking firearm deer hunters in Winnebago County, a CPO came upon three hunters, one of which was dressed in an illegal camouflage blaze orange upper garment. The violation was addressed and hunting digest provided.

A CPO has been checking three baited deer stands for individual(s) hunting from them which is in violation of the Wildlife Code for hunting by aid or use of bait as well as a violation of the state’s Administrative Rules for unlawfully feeding deer to curtail the spread of Chronic Waste Disease. Two of these baited stands are in Winnebago County and one is located in Boone County which is where CWD originated in the state.

A CPO in Henderson County cited a local subject for unlawfully possessing another’s deer permits.  The subject was using a family members buck tags to harvest additional antlered deer. 

A District 1 Sgt. was called out to assist the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department with an investigation.  A Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and determined the subjects were going raccoon hunting.  There were three firearms in the vehicle (one was loaded).  They were also in possession of two dead raccoons and cannabis.  The subjects did not have hunting licenses.  One subject was a convicted felon.  The District 1 Sgt conducted interviews and a follow up investigation.  Charges for unlawful possession of cannabis, possession of a firearm by a felon, and unlawful use of weapon charges have been filed against two of the subjects.  Multiple wildlife charges involving the illegal taking of raccoons, squirrels, and deer are pending.

A District 1 Sgt. was working deer hunters in Rock Island County.  The District 1 Sgt. located a headless, dead deer in the back of a pickup truck.  The deer was tagged with a Hancock County Firearm Permit.  Upon checking the name of the hunter through the computer, it was determined the hunter was not licensed and did not have a habitat stamp.  Upon interviewing the owner of the vehicle, it was determined his friend’s family shot the deer and gave it to him.  The District 1 Sgt. spoke to the friend by phone.  After speaking with him, it was determined a follow up investigation was necessary.  The District 1 Sgt and a District 7 CPO traveled to Hancock County.  At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined two hunters had been utilizing their wives’ deer permits to tag deer they shot.  Three deer were seized.  Nine citations and four written warnings were issued to the pair for:  possession of another hunter’s permit while in the field, failure to tag deer immediately upon kill, failure to report deer harvest, falsification of harvest records, and unlawfully loaning deer permits to another hunter.

A CPO responded to a complaint from a landowner in Whiteside County during firearms deer season.  Hunters had driven a timber they didn’t have permission to be hunting in.  The hunters drove a deer out of the timber and shot it.  The deer then ran into the complainant’s timber before it died.  The hunters trespassed on the well-marked complainant’s timbered property and drug the deer out without permission.  The CPO did a cursory search in the complaint area and found the suspect’s truck parked at a residence with an Erie IL address.  An interview was conducted and the deer was found hanging in the garage.  The deer was tagged (permit attached to leg) but it did not have a confirmation number written on the attached permit.  A check with IDNR records confirmed the deer had not been reported on the same calendar day it was taken by 10 p.m. as required.  The shooter was an 18 year old subject that was hunting with his 25 year old sister.  These hunters believed they had permission to hunt the property they were hunting because their father told them they did.  This, in fact, was not the case.  They did admit they knew they needed permission to get the deer off the complainant’s property and failed to do that.  The complainant refused to sign a complaint and stated “I just want this activity stopped, written warnings are fine”.  The two hunters were issued hunting without permission of owner and criminal trespass written warnings.  The hunter that shot the deer was issued a citation for not checking the deer in as required.     

A District 6 CPO investigated several hunting complaints and has open investigations that will be carried on into the 2nd firearm deer season.  Two written warnings were issued to deer hunters for various hunting violations.

A District 7 officer cited a subject for hunting with a crossbow during firearm deer season. The subject was also cited for failure to wear blaze orange.

On the opening morning of Firearm Deer Season, CPOs went into an area that he had located ten salt blocks during preseason scouting.  A CPO located two deer hunters in their stands.  Another CPO located the property owner who had been hunting but got out of his stand to meet the officers.  The property owner admitted to putting out the salt blocks to “manage” deer on the property. The two hunters admitted to knowing about the salt blocks. Citations were issued for hunting with aid or use of bait; making available food, salt, or mineral blocks for ingestion by wild deer in areas where wild deer are present; and failure to wear a blaze orange hat or cap during a firearm deer season. Several written warnings were issued for other violations found during the hunter compliance check.

While patrolling during Firearm Deer Season, CPOs located an SUV parked in the road next to a creek.  As the officers approached the vehicle they saw a cooler, several empty beer cans, and fishing poles in the back.  The vehicle was occupied by the driver and his 19 year old stepson. When the CPO walked up to talk to the driver he smelled the odor of cannabis coming from the SUV.  The driver admitted to smoking cannabis. During a search of the vehicle, the CPO located full beer cans under both front seats. Several alcohol and drug citations were issued.

A CPO and Utica EMS responded to an unresponsive 46 year old female at the Starved Rock Lodge. She was found in her room by her husband and three children after they returned from a hike. She was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.  An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. An investigation is being conducted, foul play is not suspected.

A CPO located two hunters during the 1st Firearm Season hunting with Muzzleloader Season Permits and not wearing 400 inches of blaze orange clothing. The hunters stated they thought since it said muzzleloader on the permit they could only use a muzzle loading gun to hunt. The officer spent several minutes, with the hunters and a hunting digest in hand, explaining the difference between Firearm Season and Muzzleloader Season.  Enforcement action was taken.

A CPO arrested a subject for unlawful taking of whitetail deer during a closed firearm season.  An indigent man residing in a camper in Warren County had borrowed a .22 cal rifle to go squirrel hunting.  After observing a pair of bucks pass his location he shot a 10 pt whitetail.  He utilized his landlord’s ATV to transport the deer back to the farm where he kept his camper.  His crime was discovered by the landlord’s nephew finding bags of deer meat in a refrigerator used to keep farm eggs.  The man confessed to the offense and was issued citations for unlawful taking and for deer hunting without a valid deer permit.  The meat, head, and hide were seized.  The rifle was returned to its owner.    

During the first firearm deer season weekend, a CPO issued 10 citations and 23 written warnings in Fulton and Knox Counties for offenses which included: no hunting license, no habitat stamp, failure to wear proper blaze orange, failure to tag deer immediately upon kill, hunting without permission/within 300 yards of an inhabited dwelling, permit violations, and unlawful use of unplugged shotgun.  Reports were also completed on two hunting accidents.  One hunter flipped his ATV while towing his untagged deer out of the field.  Enforcement action is pending.  He sustained spinal injuries and a dislocated hip.  The other hunter fell from 15 ft when his portable stand anchor strap broke.  He was transported by “Life Flight” helicopter with a spinal injury.

A CPO arrested two Henry County subjects for unlawfully taking Canada geese during the closed season at Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Duck Ranch Unit. 

While patrolling Jo Daviess County during the firearm deer season a District 1 CPO checked a known baited deer hunting stand.  A Schapville man was arrested for unlawfully feeding deer.

While patrolling Jo Daviess County during the firearm deer season a District 1 CPO arrested a Long Grove hunter for failing to tag a deer immediately upon kill. The hunter had transported the deer ˝ mile and was field dressing the deer when approached by the officer.  It was also discovered that the hunter was hunting without a habitat stamp and with an unplugged shotgun.

While patrolling Jo Daviess County during the firearm deer season a District 1 CPO checked a known baited deer hunting stand.  An East Dubuque hunter was found hunting over a salt block and a molasses block.  The hunter was issued tickets for unlawfully deer hunting a baited area and unlawfully feeding deer.

While patrolling Jo Daviess County during the firearm deer season a District 1 CPO responded to a hunting without permission complaint.  Legal hunters discovered a Burbank man illegally hunting without permission.  Upon his discovery, the illegal hunter took off running.  Before exiting the property the man threw his shotgun in a creek.  The legal hunters were able to positively identify the man. After an interview, the man was issued tickets for hunting without permission and criminal trespass. The shotgun was retrieved from the creek and seized as evidence

A CPO responded to assist Mercer County Sheriff’s Police with a traffic stop.  The subjects in the vehicle were hunting deer out of a vehicle with high powered rifles.  The ensuing two week investigation has led to 28 criminal and hunting violations in Mercer and Rock Island Counties.  It has also expanded into Iowa and Kentucky with further charges pending.

A CPO received information that a hunting accident had occurred.  Responding to the accident, it was found that six subjects were conducting a deer drive on private property.  When a deer ran from the timber, it went between two of the hunters.  The hunters shot at the deer.  One of the hunters was struck in the forearm with a slug.  The hunter was transported to Trinity West Hospital.

While patrolling Mercer County on an ATV, a CPO located a hunter who was not wearing his blaze orange hat.  The hunter was found to be hunting without a habitat stamp or deer permit and was transporting uncased weapons in his vehicle.  The subject advised he wore his blaze orange vest because he thought he may get a break if he was caught.  The subject was issued appropriate citations.

Also, while patrolling Mercer County, a CPO located a subject hunting from his vehicle with a loaded firearm.  The subject advised he had always hunted that way.

A CPO responded to a complaint of a subject hunting within Andalusia Refuge.  Arriving at the refuge, the CPO located the hunter and his untagged deer.  The subject was cited and his deer was seized.

REGION II

CPOs cited two hunters for deer hunting with the aid of bait (deer cocaine).

A CPO cited a hunter for deer hunting with the aid of bait (wheat). 

A CPO cited a hunter for failure to possess deer permit in the field.  He also received written warnings for possessing a loaded firearm after shooting hours and allowing a juvenile to hunt without a deer permit in the field.  

CPOs observed a deer hunter hunting with the aid of bait (corn and mineral block).  The hunter's uncle (not present) admitted to placing the bait in the field when contacted by phone.  The hunter was cited for deer hunting with the aid of bait and the uncle was later cited for a chronic wasting disease violation. 

A CPO cited an individual in Gurnee for hunting without a valid license, hunting without a habitat stamp and hunting without the permission of a landowner.

 A CPO cited an individual for hunting over bait.

A CPO was surveying an area which had been previously checked, where a high amount of bait was found in close proximity to a large elevated enclosed tree stand with windows.  The area around this structure had two mineral blocks, two feed blocks which consisted of corn and other deer attractants, along with oranges and apples on the ground. 

At approximately 1700 hours, the CPO made contact with two male subjects who were hunting from the structure over the baited area.  Enforcement action was taken against the two subjects for hunting over bait, failure to have deer permit in possession while in the field, and failure to sign deer permit prior to hunting.

A CPO received a complaint of ongoing hunter harassment.  A deer hunter was consistently being harassed by the neighboring property owner.  Each time he hunted, the subject would walk up and down his property line making noise to scare deer away.  CPOs conducted a covert detail to experience the harassment first hand.  While posing as hunters, the officers watched the subject ride his ATV back and forth during the hunt.  The subject began using a stick to hit his gate and several trees along the property line to make noise.  When a CPO exited the blind for an interview, the subject yelled “you got a problem?”.  The CPO responded “no, do you?”  The subject replied “Ya, I have a problem with you hunting here that’s why I am making all this noise!”  He was arrested for hunter harassment.

While walking private property where no permission to hunt has been granted, CPOs observed a vehicle stop on the roadway adjacent to the property.  A passenger exited he vehicle with a shotgun and sneaked into the woods as the driver left the scene.  As the hunter walked into the woods, contact was made.  Enforcement action was taken for transportation of a loaded/uncased firearm, hunting on lands without permission from the landowner, failure to meet blaze orange clothing requirement and hunting with an invalidated firearm deer permit.

 CPOs located a subject archery deer hunting during the firearm deer season on property without permission.  Enforcement action was taken for hunting on lands without permission, archery deer hunting during the closed season and failure to meet blaze orange clothing requirement.

District 3 CPOs were able to apprehend a deer poacher after a lengthy investigation.  A subject was accessing dedicated nature preserves secretly and poaching trophy caliber deer.  The subject was caught in the act and was charged with unlawfully hunting within a dedicated nature preserve, hunting without deer permit, license and habitat stamp, hunting without permission, and for damage to property.

A CPO arrested three subjects for archery deer hunting over bait.  The subjects knew the law regarding baiting but were found hunting over salt and mineral licks nonetheless.

A CPO arrested three subjects for firearm deer hunting over bait.  The subjects had put out both liquid molasses and other commercial deer attractants.

A Sgt and CPO arrested a subject for hunting without permission of a landowner and for unlawfully placing a tree stand/unlawful entry into an adjacent dedicated nature preserve.

A CPO arrested two subjects for hunting deer with firearms during the archery deer season, hunting without permission, and for hunting without permission of landowner. 

A CPO arrested two subjects for archery deer hunting over bait.  The subjects were using salt and mineral blocks as well as other commercially available deer attractants.

CPOs and a Sgt caught a convicted felon firearm deer hunting with a 22 long rifle during firearm deer season.  He also was cited for no orange clothing as required, no deer permits, no license, and no habitat stamp. 

District 3 officers conducted surveillance of a dedicated nature preserve where illegal hunting was occurring.   One subject was believed to be road hunting the perimeter of the preserve and also sneaking in at various locations.  The subject was observed driving the perimeter of the preserve very slowly several times but had no opportunities to shoot at a deer.  A robotic deer decoy was placed in the area where the subject was seen driving frequently.  The subject shot the decoy from the roadway.  Charges include unlawfully hunting a dedicated nature preserve, hunting from a roadway, unlawfully transporting firearms/weapons, hunting without permission, and for hunting without required orange clothing.

CPOs arrested two subjects for hunting without permission of a landowner and for hunting without required orange clothing.

REGION III

A CPO stopped a Strasburg man operating a vehicle without valid registration in Shelby County.  The subject had been hunting.  The CPO issued citations for: No Valid Registration, No Seatbelt, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor and Transporting an Uncased Firearms in a Vehicle.

A CPO arrested a Shelbyville man for Possession of a Firearm without a Valid FOID.  The subject had his FOID revoked in the past.

A CPO cited two Chicago men on Clinton Lake for Possession of 12 Crappie under the size limit.

A CPO checked a Louisiana hunter firearm deer hunting without blaze orange on in DeWitt County.  The CPO also found a fresh tarsal gland at his stand.  A follow up investigation revealed a second Louisiana hunter had shot a deer with a muzzleloader the day prior to firearm season starting.  Both subjects were cited.

A CPO cited one Coles County man for Hunting over Bait, two Cumberland County men for Hunting over Bait, 1 Clark County man for Hunting over Bait and one Edgar County man for Transporting Uncased Firearm in a Vehicle.

A CPO cited one Coles County man for Hunting over Bait and one Clark County man Hunting over Bait.

A CPO cited a Mclean County man for Failure to Tag Deer Upon Kill.

A CPO cited a Mattoon man on the SWMA in Moultrie County for Hunting Deer without a Valid Deer Permit.

A CPO cited a Chicago man in Moultrie County for Firearm Deer Hunting without Blaze Orange.

A CPO cited a Saint Charles man for Deer Hunting without a Valid Deer Permit in Moultrie County.

A CPO cited a Chicago man on USACOE land in Moultrie County for Hunting without a Valid Deer Permit.

A CPO cited a Chicago man for Possession of a Rifle During the Firearms Deer Season and a second Chicago man in the same group for Deer Hunting without a Valid Deer Permit on the SMA in Moultrie County.

A CPO cited an Oakland man for Bowhunting During the Closed Season and Deer Hunting without Blaze Orange.

A CPO cited a Carmargo man for Hunting Over Bait and Possession of a Firearm without a FOID.

A CPO cited two subjects for Hunting within 300 yards of an Inhabited Dwelling, two subjects for Transporting Uncased Firearms in a Vehicle, two subjects Failure to Tag Deer, one subject for Hunting without Permission and one subject Hunting Deer without a Valid Deer Permit.

A CPO cited a Sullivan man for Hunting Deer without a Valid Deer Permit in Shelby County.

A CPO cited a Sullivan man for Hunting Deer with an Unplugged Shotgun in Moultrie County.

A CPO cited an Argenta man for Failure to Report Deer Harvest in Macon County.

REGION IV

Two Dist 13 officers investigated a complaint of firearm deer hunting during the archery season in Randolph County.  After questioning the subjects it was found that a hunter had shot a 10 point buck with a shotgun prior to the firearm deer season.  It was further found that the hunter used another individual’s tag to report the harvest.  Both subjects were issued multiple citations for firearm deer hunting outside of season, improper use of deer tags and falsification of deer harvest.  The edible parts of the deer were donated to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, the firearm and deer head were taken as evidence.

On opening day of shotgun deer weekend a CPO checked a previously scouted deer stand in southern Montgomery County.  The CPO had located this stand a week prior to firearm season and found it to be baited with a mineral block.  On opening day CPO Watson observed a hunter in the baited stand and upon confronting the hunter the officer learned that the hunter had also shot a small buck from the baited stand and was in illegal possession of a snub nose Smith & Wesson revolver.  The hunter was subsequently issued citations for: Unlawfully deer hunting over a baited area. unlawfully take whitetail deer over a baited area, unlawfully possessing handgun with less than 4 inch barrel while deer hunting.

Later that same day a CPO checked a hunter in South Fillmore Township based upon a complaint.  Shortly after legal shooting time the CPO observed the hunter walking from the field not wearing the required blaze orange clothing.  The hunter was later cited for failure to wear blaze orange while firearm deer hunting.

CPOs conducted a homeland security boat patrol of the Mississippi River.  No violations were detected

A CPO responded to a hunting without permission call in Madison County.  One ladder stand and one climbing tree stand were seized.  Investigation is pending.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Wood River.

A CPO conducted field inspections of bow hunters in the Metro-East during opening week of archery season.

A CPO enforced sport & commercial fishing regulations on the Mississippi River during the opening week of Illinois Roe season.

A CPO worked security at the World Shooting Complex during the weekend of Youth Shotgun deer season.   Citations issued were: no seat belt, (2) no insurance, (5) written warnings.

A CPO was contacted by a representative of a Missouri corporation that owns wooded land in Madison County.  Numerous complaints of illegal hunting were being called in to the corporation.  No hunting is allowed on the property.

 After walking part of the approx 140 acres of property, several illegal stands were located.  Two ladder stands, two climbing tree stands, three lock on tree stands, and one ground blind were seized.  Seizure tags were left and plans to walk the remainder of the property are planned.

A CPO assisted ISP District 18 Officers with funeral arrangements involving the tragic death of an ISP Master Sgt.   A CPO had been involved with the recovery of the Sgt. who was involved in a boat accident on 09-30-12 at Glen Shoals Lake in Montgomery County.

A CPO assisted district personnel with a security detail at the World Shooting Complex.  While en route back to Montgomery County he received a call from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regarding a hunting complaint south of Litchfield.  The deputy advised that he and an ISP Trooper were trying to locate several hunters trespassing.  After locating the subjects they were transported to the jail in Hillsboro.  After the CPO arrived at the jail he discovered numerous wildlife violations had taken place.  The following is a list of the violations that were cited: two citations for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill/ citation for failure to wear blaze orange/citation for no hunting license/ citation for no habitat stamp/citation for no archery deer tags/citation for hunting without permission of landowner.

A District 13 CPO found three deer hunters on one property hunting by the use of bait. All three were issued citations.

A District 13 CPO found a deer hunter hunting by the aid of a salt block. He was issued a citation.

Two District 13 CPOs, along with two CPO recruits, received a phone call about a person who shot at a deer after dark in Bond County the night before firearm deer season. After interviewing the suspect, he admitted he shot at a deer after dark from the roadway by the use of a spotlight. The two CPO Recruits located a dead deer in the back of a horse trailer that had been shot with a slug.  The suspect admitted he had shot the deer in Montgomery County.  He was issued several citations and also the female who assisted him by holding the spotlight on the deer. The deer, spotlight, and shotgun were seized.

A CPO was on patrol in Pike County when he observed a truck parked in the middle of the road.  The driver severely cut his hand while working on a fence.  He was bleeding and ready to pass out.  The CPO drove the subject to the emergency room in Pittsfield.

A CPO received a complaint of hunting without permission in Macoupin County.  The landowner observed 3-4 hunters. When the CPO arrived there were over 10 hunters conducting a deer drive.  The hunters scattered.  The CPO ordered a couple of the hunters to stay where they were while he chased after another.  They took off running as well.  The CPO tackled one subject.  The subject happened to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  A District Seregeant, a Greene County Deputy, and a Greenfield City Officer arrived to assist.  The CPO located a second subject.  The Seregant located a third subject who hid his gun and blaze orange.  Another CPO arrived and located a fourth subject.  The convicted felon did not have a deer permit, license, or stamp.  The 2nd and 3rd subjects were arrested for obstructing a Conservation Officer.  The fourth subject was hunting in Macoupin County with a Greene County permit.

A CPO was on patrol in Schuyler County during firearm deer season when she observed a truck parked in the roadway.  The driver was in possession of an open can of beer and was in possession of a rifle.  The subject stated he was hunting coyotes which are closed during firearm deer season.

A CPO was on patrol in Brown County when he located a subject in possession of nine live coyotes in his grain bin.  The subject was live-trapping them and keeping them alive for an upcoming trapping event.

A CPO received a complaint of subjects hunting deer over bait in a state area in Calhoun County.  The CPO located four subjects hunting over bait during the firearm season.

A District Sergeant received a complaint of a subject hunting deer over bait in Macoupin County.  The Sergeant located a subject and his 13 year old daughter hunting over the bait during firearm deer season.

A CPO received a complaint of a subject possibly hunting without permission in Adams County. The landowner told the subject to leave her property. When the CPO arrived, he found the subject on her property again.  The CPO arrested the subject for trespassing. As the subject was being transported by a county deputy, he told the CPO who was hunting the property.  The CPO found a tree stand and an untagged deer.  The CPO interviewed the subject who admitted to hunting without permission and failing to tag a 9 point buck.      

REGION V

The district wrote 48 citations and 27 warnings, for various wildlife violations including:  hunting deer over bait, uncased loaded guns in vehicles, no permits, and failure to tag/swapping permits.  In addition, CPOs arrested a subject wanted on warrant.  A CPO arrested a subject hunting with no FOID and not eligible.  A CPO made three separate cases for hunting deer by the aid of bait.  A CPO and District Sergeant cited a subject hunting over bait and hunting w/no valid permit.  The subject claimed he did not put the stand up or the bait out, the owner of the stands and bait showed up as the CPOs were leaving and admitted to putting the bait out.  A CPO is investigating two Illinois subjects for unlawful take of a white-tail deer in Kentucky, a deer head and a rifle have been seized. 

CPOTs worked in District 15 and were able to get in on several good cases.

A CPO cited two out of state hunters in Pope County for hunting over bait and untagged deer hidden in a barn.  One of the hunters shot a buck without purchasing an either-sex deer tag.

CPOs cited hunters for hunting over bait, unlawful take of deer and failure to tag 5 deer. 

A CPO cited another hunter for deer hunting with an unplugged shotgun, failure to tag and report a deer and hunting without permits in possession. 

A CPO cited four hunters for hunting over bait and cited a Bluford man for hunting from his vehicle and possession of a loaded shotgun in the vehicle.

A CPO and District Sergeant cited a man south of Wayne City for shooting a buck the day before gun deer season.  The deer was hanging in a closed shed with the head removed.  The head was hidden in a field away from the residence.  The man was cited for unlawful take of deer and possession of a freshly killed deer during the closed season.  The shotgun and deer head were seized.     

District 14 CPOs issued 74 citations and 84 written warnings during the gun deer season.

District 16 Officers encountered the usual violations during the first half of the firearm deer season.  Enforcement action was taken for hunting over bait, hunting without permission, no valid permit, transportation of uncased/loaded firearms, unplugged shotguns, untagged deer, and possession of loaded firearms after hours.

A CPO and CPOT cited a subject for using a .45 caliber automatic pistol to "finish off" a deer he had wounded with his shotgun.  The subject was also in possession of a .380 automatic pistol while deer hunting.

A CPO cited a Louisiana subject for archery deer hunting during the firearm season in Johnson County.

A CPO issued multiple citations to a Missouri subject who killed a whitetail buck with a .22 rifle.  In addition to the rifle charge, the subject was also cited for no hunting license and no deer permit.  

A CPO discovered multiple violations involving a subject from Tennessee firearm deer hunting in Johnson County.  The subject was still hunting 30 minutes after hours, using an unplugged shotgun, no deer permit, and no blaze orange.  The subject's gun was seized, citations were issued, and a mandatory court date was set.

A CPO cited two hunters in Pulaski County for using another person's landowner deer tags to tag deer they had shot.  The landowner whose tags were used was not hunting.  The investigation will continue as the person who supplied the tags to these individuals will be contacted.

A CPO arrested a subject spotlighting from a vehicle in Pulaski County.  The subject was in possession of a loaded rifle in the vehicle and had a revoked FOID card.  The passenger in the vehicle was recently paroled from prison for sexual assault.

A CPO cited a Murphysboro subject for failure to tag his traps.  The CPO located the subject in an area where complaints about unlawful trapping have been received.

A CPO assisted the State Police with a barricaded subject in a residence.  The subject pointed a loaded pistol at a deer hunter camping nearby then fired the gun in the air.  The subject was eventually taken into custody without incident.

A CPO continues to respond to and investigate complaints of early entry (before 4:30AM) by duck hunters in the Oakwood Bottoms management areas.  The calls have subsided as duck hunting has not been that good in the area.

District 16 Officers conducted two TV interviews and a radio interview covering hunter safety and the rules and regulations for firearm deer season.

Two hunting accidents were reported in District 16 over the weekend:

A CPO is investigating an incident where a 74 year old subject was deer hunting in Pulaski County and died of a heart attack.

A CPO is investigating an accident in Perry County. A subject shooting at a deer was hit in the forehead with the scope on the shotgun he was using which caused him to lose his balance and fall 26 feet to the ground from his tree stand.  Emergency personnel were immediately summoned to the scene of the accident because the subject's father watched him fall.  Injuries to his back and ribs were severe enough to have the subject flown to a St. Louis hospital.  No safety retention device was used and the investigation has revealed he did not have a FOID card due to his probation status.  A report will be forwarded to the Perry County State’s Attorney's office.

Office of Law Enforcement

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT

November 23, 2012

REGION I

A CPO issued written warnings to three hunters who hunted Spoon River State Forest during the first firearm deer season.  They had purchased over the counter firearm deer permits for Knox County.  This site requires a site specific permit during the firearm and muzzleloader seasons.  An over- the-counter tag can be used during the Late Winter Season.

 A written warning was issued to a Knox County hunter for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill.  The offender flipped his ATV while pulling out the untagged deer.   Another hunter in his party was also issued a written warning for providing false information/improper use of deer permit.  When they found the injured hunter, his gun and deer tags were not immediately located.  His friend utilized her deer permit to tag the deer and she later obtained a confirmation number. 

A CPO interviewed the operator of a snowmobile accident which occurred in rural Henry County at a Galesburg Hospital.  On private property an annual drag race is held on a grass surface.  The operator of the 1800cc Arctic Cat failed to reduce speed before entering a cornfield.  Due to the high speed, the uneven surface “bucked off” the operator.  He received only abrasions and bruises.  No alcohol or drug use was indicated.

While on patrol during the first firearm deer season, a District 1 CPO observed an approaching vehicle with the driver dressed in hunting clothing. The CPO stopped in the road and initiated a conversation with the driver.  The driver informed the CPO he had been hunting in the morning and was heading back out for an afternoon hunt.  A compliance check was conducted and resulted in the discovery of the hunter having no habitat stamp, an unplugged shotgun which was loaded with five shells and was being transported uncased.  Appropriate enforcement was taken.

During the first firearm season, a District 1 CPO received a complaint of a subject hunting without permission in Ogle County.  The CPO along with the landowner located the hunter and he was charged with hunting without permission.

A District 1 CPO located a subject archery hunting over bait in Ogle County.  The subject had placed a mineral block and entire bucket full of “C’mere Deer” approximately 20 yards from his stand.  The subject also had his 14 year old daughter hunting with him.   Appropriate enforcement was taken.

A District 1 CPO received a call to assist Lee County Sheriff’s Dept when they stopped a vehicle with three subjects.  The subjects had been traveling roads in rural Lee County smashing mail boxes and shooting road signs before they decided to spotlight and shoot a doe from the vehicle on the road.  The driver held the spotlight while the front passenger shot over the top of the vehicle from the roadway. The first shot dropped the deer but did not kill it.  All three subjects exited the vehicle and approached the deer.  One subject shot the deer for a second time while the other two subjects took turns hitting the deer with a baseball bat until the deer expired.  The subjects were taken into custody by Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies.  In addition to criminal charges from the Sheriff’s Department, the subjects received 12 citations from the CPO.  Numerous items were seized including two rifles.  Additional conservation charges are pending further investigation.

A Sergeant received a complaint of a subject who was trespassing on railroad property in DeKalb County.  He located the hunter and while he was conducting a check he heard a subject yell that the DNR was out by his truck.  The Sergeant walked into the woods and found the subject who was dragging a deer stand and tracking a wounded deer without any blaze orange on.  He was issued a citation and a written warning.

A Sergeant was called to a complaint on opening morning of two subjects in a sliver Yukon who had shot at a deer from a roadway onto property without permission.  He retrieved four spent shell casings.  The following morning he went back to the area and located the vehicle parked in a field entrance.  The two hunters admitted to the violations.  As he

was issuing the citations an elderly woman pulled up and asked if she could sign a complaint against the two men for the same thing twenty minutes after the original call in front of her house.  The men were interviewed and admitted to those violations as well.  A CPO arrived to assist and after a further interview an untagged deer was seized in Kane County.

A Sergeant was in Lee County when he observed a subject in blaze orange near a tree line.  As he pulled onto the property the landowner came out of a garage to inform him that he was the owner and that the Sergeant was on private property.  The Sergeant asked the man, also in blaze orange, if he had any luck.  He stated “We are not hunting.”  The man in the tree line informed the Sergeant that he was hunting coyote’s.  He was told he needed an unfilled deer permit and the man changed his story to needing the shotgun for protection.  He was issued citations for no hunting license and attempting to take coyote during closed season.

A Region 1 CPO arrested a Lisle man while hunting in Mount Morris IL after a lengthy investigation of hunting without permission, trespassing, and wanton waste.

An officer in Ogle County investigated the death of a bird of prey after it was reported the bird’s feet were electrified on a power line.  

A District 7 CPO received a tip that a firearm deer hunter shot two bucks in Peoria County during the first firearm deer season and only possessed one either sex deer permit.  After investigating the complaint, it was found that the hunter in question had actually killed 3 different bucks and only tagged the 3rd deer he shot.   Enforcement action was taken including seizure of the three illegally killed buck antlers. 

A CPO in Winnebago County received a complaint of hunting without permission in Winnebago County.  The investigation revealed the two men had permission to hunt on the neighboring farm and without a clear boundary claimed they didn’t realize they were off the land they had permission to hunt.  The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office would not authorize charges for trespass or hunting without permission.

A CPO investigated a Target Illinois Poacher complaint of unlawful trapping without permission from the owner in DeKalb County.  The investigation revealed the daughter and son-in-law of the landowner who resides on the farm property gave the suspect permission to trap the farm without the knowledge of the landowner.  Complaint was unfounded.

A CPO in Winnebago County assisted a Wisconsin DNR agent with a hunting over bait complaint.  An interview and written statement under Miranda Warning was obtained from the suspect and attached to a field report which will be forwarded to the Wisconsin DNR for their complaint investigation.

A CPO issued a citation to a trapper for trapping without permission of owner.  Additional investigations are continuing.

REGION II

District 3 CPOs were able to apprehend a deer poacher after a lengthy investigation.  A subject was accessing dedicated nature preserves secretly and poaching trophy caliber deer.  The subject was caught in the act and was charged with unlawfully hunting within a dedicated nature preserve, hunting without deer permit, license and habitat stamp, hunting without permission and for damage to property.

A CPO arrested three subjects for archery deer hunting over bait.  The subjects knew the law regarding baiting but were found hunting over salt and mineral licks nonetheless.

A CPO arrested three subjects for firearm deer hunting over bait.  The subjects had put out both liquid molasses and other commercial deer attractants.

A Sergeant and a CPO arrested a subject for hunting without permission of a landowner and for unlawfully placing a tree stand/unlawful entry into an adjacent dedicated nature preserve.

REGION III

No activity reported.

REGION IV

A CPO was on patrol in Pike County when he observed a truck parked in the middle of the road.  The driver severely cut his hand while working on a fence and he was bleeding and ready to pass out.  The CPO drove the subject to the emergency room in Pittsfield.

A CPO received a complaint of hunting without permission in Macoupin County.  The landowner observed 3-4 hunters. When the CPO arrived, there were over ten hunters conducting a deer drive.  The hunters scattered. The CPO ordered a couple of the hunters to stay where they were, while he chased after another. They took off running as well. The CPO tackled one subject.  The subject happened to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  The Sergeant, a Greene County Deputy, and a Greenfield City Officer arrived to assist. The CPO located a second subject.  The Sergeant located a third subject who hid his gun and blaze orange. A CPO arrived and located a fourth subject.  The convicted felon did not have a deer permit, license, or stamp.  The 2nd and 3rd subjects were arrested for obstructing a Conservation Officer.  The fourth subject was hunting in Macoupin County with a Greene County permit.

A CPO was on patrol in Schuyler County during firearm deer season, when she observed a truck parked in the roadway. The driver was in possession of an open can of beer and was in possession of a rifle.  The subject stated he was hunting coyotes which are closed during firearm deer season.

A CPO was on patrol in Brown County when he located a subject in possession of nine live coyotes in his grain bin.  The subject was live-trapping them and keeping them alive for an upcoming trapping event.

A CPO received a complaint of subjects hunting deer over bait in a state area in Calhoun County.  The CPO located four subjects hunting over bait during the firearm season.

A Sergeant received a complaint of a subject hunting deer over bait in Macoupin County.  The Sergeant located a subject and his 13 year old daughter hunting over the bait during firearm deer season.

A CPO received a complaint of a subject possibly hunting without permission in Adams County.  The landowner told the subject to leave her property.  When the CPO arrived he found the subject on her property again.  The CPO arrested the subject for trespassing.  As the subject was being transported by a county deputy, he told the CPO who was hunting the property.  The CPO found a tree stand and an untagged deer.  The CPO interviewed the subject who admitted to hunting without permission and failing to tag a 9 point buck.      

REGION V

A CPO cited two out of state hunters in Pope County for hunting over bait and untagged deer hidden in a barn.  One of the hunters shot a buck without purchasing an either-sex deer tag.

CPOs cited hunters for hunting over bait, unlawful take of deer and failure to tag five deer. 

A CPO cited another hunter for deer hunting with an unplugged shotgun, failure to tag and report a deer, and hunting without permits in possession. 

A CPO cited four hunters for hunting over bait and cited a Bluford man for hunting from his vehicle and possession of a loaded shotgun in the vehicle.

A CPO and a Sergeant cited a man south Wayne City for shooting a buck the day before gun deer season.  The deer was hanging in a closed shed with the head removed.  The head was hidden in a field away from the residence.  The man was cited for unlawful take of deer and possession of a freshly killed deer during the closed season.  The shotgun and deer head were seized.     

District 14 CPOs issued 74 citations and 84 written warnings during the gun deer season.

The District wrote 48 citations and 27 warnings for various wildlife violations including:  hunting deer over bait, uncased loaded guns in vehicles, no permits, and failure to tag/swapping permits.  In addition CPOs arrested a subjects wanted on warrants.  A CPO arrested a subject hunting with no FOID and not eligible.  A CPO made three separate cases for hunting deer by the aid of bait.  A CPO and District Sergeant cited a subject hunting over bait and hunting w/no valid permit.  The subject claimed he did not put the stand up or the bait out, the owner of the stands and bait showed up as the CPOs were leaving and admitted to putting the bait out.  A CPO is investigating two Illinois subjects for unlawful take of a white-tail deer in Kentucky, a deer head and rifle have been seized. 

CPOTs worked in District 15 and were able to get in on several good cases.

District 16 Officers encountered the usual violations during the first half of the firearm deer season.  Enforcement action was taken for hunting over bait, hunting without permission, no valid permit, transportation of uncased/loaded firearms, unplugged shotguns, untagged deer, and possession of loaded firearms after hours.

A CPO and a CPOT cited a subject for using a .45 caliber automatic pistol to "finish off" a deer he had wounded with his shotgun.  The subject was also in possession of a .380 automatic pistol while deer hunting.

A CPO cited a Louisiana subject for archery deer hunting during the firearm season in Johnson County.

A CPO issued multiple citations to a Missouri subject who killed a whitetail buck with a .22 rifle.  In addition to the rifle charge the subject was also cited for no hunting license and no deer permit.  

A CPO discovered multiple violations involving a subject from Tennessee firearm deer hunting in Johnson County.  The subject was still hunting 30 minutes after hours, using an unplugged shotgun, no deer permit, and no blaze orange.  The subject's gun was seized, citations were issued, and a mandatory court date was set.

A CPO cited two hunters in Pulaski County for using another person's landowner deer tags to tag deer they had shot.  The landowner whose tags were used was not hunting.  The investigation will continue as the person who supplied the tags to these individuals will be contacted.

A CPO arrested a subject spotlighting from a vehicle in Pulaski County.  The subject was in possession of a loaded rifle in the vehicle and had a revoked FOID card.  The passenger in the vehicle was recently paroled from prison for sexual assault.

A CPO cited a Murphysboro subject for failure to tag his traps.  The CPO located the subject in an area where complaints about unlawful trapping have been received.

A CPO assisted the State Police with a barricaded subject in a residence.  The subject pointed a loaded pistol at a deer hunter camping nearby then fired the gun in the air.  The subject was eventually taken into custody without incident.

A CPO continues to respond to and investigate complaints of early entry (before 4:30 a.m.) by duck hunters in the Oakwood Bottoms management areas.  The calls have subsided a bit as duck hunting has not been that good in the area.

District 16 Officers conducted two TV interviews and a radio interview covering hunter safety and the rules and regulations for firearm deer season.

Two hunting accidents were reported in District 16 over the weekend:

A CPO is investigating an incident where a 74 year old subject was deer hunting in Pulaski County and died of a heart attack.

A CPO is investigating an accident in Perry County.  A subject shooting at a deer was hit in the forehead with the scope on the shotgun he was using which caused him to lose his balance and fall 26 feet to the ground from his tree-stand.  Emergency personnel were immediately summoned to the scene of the accident because the subject's father watched him fall.  Injuries to his back and ribs were severe enough to have the subject flown to a St. Louis hospital.  No safety retention device was used and the investigation has revealed he did not have a FOID card due to his probation status.  A report will be forwarded to the Perry County State’s Attorney's office. 

Office of Law Enforcement

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT

November 30, 2012

REGION I

While patrolling for firearm deer hunters during second season in Ogle County, a District 1 CPO observed three deer hunters walking across a field and a truck driving toward them.  The CPO entered the field and approached the hunters as the truck continued over the hill.  The CPO instructed the hunters to have the truck return immediately.  The driver of the truck complied and came back.  Further questioning of the driver revealed he is currently on felony probation and has a revoked FOID.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a box containing fifty-six .22 caliber bullets. The driver admitted the bullets were his.  Possible felony charge pending review by the Ogle County State’s Attorney.

A District CPO received a complaint of a subject hunting too close to a dwelling.  The subjects were told by the complainant prior to the season that the stand needed to be 300 yards from the dwelling.  The hunters moved it further away but were still 110 yards from his dwelling.  One citation was issued.

A District 1 CPO responded to a hunting without permission complaint in Ogle County.  When the CPO arrived, he observed three subjects dressed in blaze orange walking down railroad tracks, with dogs, pheasant hunting.  The subjects admitted to hunting where they didn’t have permission.  The subjects were charged with trespass to railroad property and hunting without permission.

A District 1 CPO issued a citation to a Geneseo man for disturbing/setting off the traps of a Henry County trapper.

A District 1 CPO issued multiple citations to a Zion man for firearm deer hunting over bait, insufficient blaze orange, and using an unplugged shotgun loaded with five slugs in Lee County.

A District 1 CPO issued multiple citations to an Elizabeth man for failing to tag a firearm harvested deer upon kill, and then transporting it to his home.  The Elizabeth man then failed to check the deer in because he was trying to find someone else to put their tag on it, so he could continue to hunt.

A District 1 CPO was in the Erie area finishing up a firearm deer hunting complaint, when an ISPERN was put out on the radio advising of a pick-up truck heading west on I-88 throwing trash out of the windows.  The District 1 CPO located the suspect vehicle westbound at the Erie exit and stopped it.  The female, Rock Falls driver, advised she and her friend had just enjoyed a delicious McDonald’s breakfast and threw the trash out on their way to go Christmas shopping.  Citations were issued for depositing materials upon the roadway and no valid proof of insurance.  The trash was recovered.

Two young men from Erie were issued multiple citations and their .22 rifle was seized.  This was after they spent an evening during the firearm deer season driving around with a loaded un-cased rifle, looking/hunting for raccoons and coyotes.  They also discharged the rifle from/upon the roadway.

A CPO conducted interviews on Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th reference an ongoing wildlife investigation.   On Friday the 29th, two Rock Falls, IL men were charged with multiple violations.  One subject was charged with two counts of hunting without permission of property owner, two counts of hunting with use or aid of bait, two counts of failing to report possession of road kill deer to IDNR within 24 hours as required and received written warnings for criminal trespass, hunting without permission of owner and failure to notify Secretary of State change of address within the required timeframe.  The second man was charged with criminal trespass to real property, hunting without permission of owner and use or aid of bait while hunting.  

While patrolling Bureau County after midnight during deer season, two CPOs saw a truck traveling slowly down a rural road with a flashlight out the passenger window.  The truck did a u turn and came back towards the CPOs.  The CPOs activated their emergency lights and the truck attempted to go around the CPOs squad.  Two subjects were found in the truck with an uncased gun that appeared to have been just unloaded.  The subjects stated they were just trying to shoot

coyotes.  A search of the vehicle found three firearms one of which was uncased.  Three firearms were seized from the subjects and they were issued numerous citations including shining from a vehicle and hunting coyotes during closed season.  The subjects posted bond and were released.

While walking timbers checking firearm deer hunters for compliance to the Wildlife Code, a CPO in Winnebago County came upon a man slowly walking in the woods, wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt, and no blaze orange clothing while carrying a .410 shotgun.  The CPO yelled out at the man who ducked behind a large oak tree to hide.  Upon reaching the man, he insisted he was only target shooting.  The man hadn’t fired a single shot nor did he have a target to show the officer.  A field interview revealed the man was squirrel hunting during the closed season, without a hunting license or habitat stamp and without wearing blaze orange clothing required for hunters in the field during firearm deer season.

While patrolling in Mercer County, a CPO located a vehicle parked in the road with the driver standing in the roadway.   As the CPO approached the vehicle, the driver got back inside.   Stopping, the CPO walked up to the vehicle.  The driver stated he was looking at deer.  There was a very strong odor of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle.  The driver was arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. 

Locating a subject hunting without wearing blaze orange, a CPO checked the subject in the field.  When questioned about hunting, the subject stated his brother-in-law had killed two deer.  During questioning, the story changed.  It was later found another hunter in the party had tagged one of the deer.  The illegal deer was seized and citations were issued.

A CPO received information about a subject that illegally killed a deer with a bow during firearm deer season.  Responding to the location, the subject was located.  The subject had not tagged the deer and was attempting to quarter it.  The subject was going to register the deer in Cook, DuPage or Lake County.  The 14 point buck was seized and citations were issued. 

A CPO received information reference a baited deer stand.  Checking the stand, the CPO located a subject hunting over cracked corn.  During questioning, the hunter admitted to killing a doe over the baited location the previous day.  The deer was seized and the subject received a citation. 

A CPO checked a group of hunters taking their lunch break.  The hunters’ deer count for the season did not add up.  Further questioning led to the citations being issued to one of the hunters.  The subject’s sons killed two does during the first shotgun season and neither deer was tagged or checked in.          

A CPO issued one citation and eight written warnings during the second firearm deer season. One hunter was observed slinging his loaded shotgun prior to mounting his ATV.  Upon arriving at the CPO’s location, he was found to have no valid permit, improper blaze orange (camo), no hunting license in his possession and hunting on an adjacent landowner with his property only permits.

A District 1 CPO issued a written warning to a firearm deer hunter for not wearing a solid blaze orange cap during the 2nd firearm deer season.

A District 7 CPO responded to a deer hunting complaint at Jubilee College State Park.  Two hunters reported walking down a trail and having another hunter fire a “warning shot” in their direction.  The hunter who fired the shot said he wanted to scare the two hunters walking down the trail.  The hunter who fired the shot was arrested for reckless conduct, booked into the Peoria County Jail and had his shotgun seized. 

 A District 7 CPO cited three subjects for hunting without permission and no hunting licenses.

A Region 1, District 6 CPO has continued an investigation into the illegal hunting without permission and the theft of two trail cameras, which occurred during the first Illinois firearm deer season.  No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

A Region 1, District 6 CPO has continued an investigation of three baited tree stands, however, no arrests have been made.  These three baiting cases remain under investigation.

A CPO was checking deer hunters when he approached a Freeport man in blaze orange in Stephenson County who began to flee.  The CPO caught the hunter and it was discovered he did not have a valid FOID card and was a convicted felon.  He was charged accordingly, his gun and ammunition were seized.

REGION II

CPOs arrested two subjects for waterfowl hunting without permission.  The two hunters were found to have 11 violations including firing shots twenty minutes after legal shooting time.

A CPO cited two hunters for waterfowl hunting without a hunting license, state waterfowl stamp, or federal waterfowl stamps.

A CPO cited a pheasant hunter in the Chain O'Lakes State Park for hunting with an unplugged shotgun.  A written warning was issued for hunting with toxic (lead) shot.

A CPO cited an archery deer hunter in unincorporated Antioch for transporting an uncased bow in a truck. 

REGION III

No activity reported.

REGION IV

Two Dist 13 Officers investigated a complaint of firearm deer hunting during the archery season in Randolph County.  After questioning the subjects it was found that a hunter had shot a 10 point buck with a shotgun prior to the firearm deer season.  It was further found that the hunter used another individual’s tag to report the harvest.  Both subjects were issued multiple citations for firearm deer hunting outside of season, improper use of deer tags and falsification of deer harvest.  The edible parts of the deer were donated to the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, the firearm and deer head were taken as evidence. 

On opening day of shotgun deer weekend (11-16-12) a CPO checked a previously scouted deer stand in southern Montgomery County.  The CPO had located this stand a week prior to firearm season and found it to be baited with a mineral block.  On opening day the CPO observed a hunter in the baited stand and upon confronting the hunter the officer learned that the hunter had also shot a small buck from the baited stand and was in illegal possession of a snub nose Smith & Wesson revolver.  The hunter was subsequently issued citations for: unlawfully deer hunting over a baited area, unlawful take of whitetail deer over a baited area, unlawful possession of a handgun with less than 4 inch barrel while deer hunting.

Later that same day the CPO checked a hunter in South Fillmore Township based upon a complaint.  Shortly after legal shooting time the CPO observed the hunter walking from the field not wearing the required blaze orange clothing.  The hunter was later cited for failure to wear blaze orange while firearm deer hunting.

CPOs conducted a homeland security boat patrol of the Mississippi River.  No violations were detected

A CPO responded to a hunting without permission call in Madison County.  One ladder stand and one climbing tree stand were seized.  Investigation is pending.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Wood River.

A CPO conducted field inspections of bow hunters in the Metro-East during opening week of archery season.

A CPO enforced sport and commercial fishing regulations on the Mississippi River during the opening week of IL Roe season.

 A CPO worked security at the World Shooting Complex during the weekend of Youth Shotgun deer season. He issued one no seat belt, two no insurance, five written warnings.

A CPO was contacted by a representative of a Missouri corporation that owns wooded land in Madison County.  Numerous complaints of illegal hunting were being called in to the corporation.  No hunting is allowed on the property.  After walking part of the approx 140 acres of property, several illegal stands were located.  Two ladder stands, two climbing tree stands, three lock on tree stands, and one ground blind were seized.  Seizure tags were left and plans to walk the remainder of the property are planned.

A CPO assisted ISP District 18 Officers with funeral arrangements involving the tragic death of Master SGT. Bob Price.  CPO Watson had been involved with the recovery of SGT. Price who was involved in a boat accident on 09-30-12 at Glen Shoals Lake in Montgomery County.

A CPO assisted district personnel with a security detail at the World Shooting Complex.

While en route back to Montgomery County a CPO received a call from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regarding a hunting complaint south of Litchfield.  The deputy advised that he and an ISP Trooper were trying to locate several hunters trespassing.  After locating the subjects they were transported to the jail in Hillsboro.  After the CPO arrived at the jail he discovered numerous wildlife violations had taken place.  The following is a list of the violations that were cited:  two citations for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill, citation for failure to wear blaze orange, citation for no hunting license, citation for no habitat stamp, citation for no archery deer tags, citation for hunting w/o permission of landowner.

A District 13 CPO found three deer hunters on one property hunting by the use of bait.  All three were issued citations.

A District 13 CPO found a deer hunter hunting by the aid of a salt block.  He was issued a citation.

Two District 13 CPOs, along with two CPO recruits, received a phone call about a person who shot at a deer after dark in Bond County the night before firearm deer season.  After interviewing the suspect, he admitted he shot at a deer after dark from the roadway by the use of a spotlight. The two CPO Recruits located a dead deer in the back of a horse trailer that had been shot with a slug.  The suspect admitted he had shot the deer in Montgomery County.  He was issued several citations and the female who assisted him by holding the spotlight on the deer.  The deer, spotlight, and shotgun were seized.

REGION V

A CPO found two untagged deer in a hunting camp when two people came back to the hunting camp in a cab over ATV.   The man driving had a loaded, uncased shotgun sitting on the dash with the muzzle pointing towards the 7 yr old girl passenger.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken with all violations. 

The morning was going great for two waterfowl hunters on Rend Lake until a CPO cited them for waterfowl hunting the Rend Lake refuge. 

A CPO cited two men in Hamilton County for three untagged deer.  A total of six citations were issued and $750.00 worth of civil penalties requested for the deer. 

A CPO and Sergeant investigated a hunting accident on the Casey sub-impoundment side of the Rend Lake Wildlife Management Area. 

A total of 43 citations and 41 warnings were issued.  A higher number of waterfowl violations were encountered during the 2nd firearm deer weekend than usual. 

A CPO and Sergeant conducted a deer hunting investigation on an illegally taken deer in Crawford County.  During the investigation, and after a short interview, it was found that a subject shot an 8 pt. buck and tagged it using his son’s permit.  The subject was cited for use of another’s permits, failure to report harvest and failure to properly tag a harvested deer. The subject’s firearm and deer was seized at the conclusion of the investigation. The deer was transported to a meat processor and donated to FHFH

A CPO conducted a compliance check on a deer hunter in Crawford County.  During the check it was found that the hunter did not have his permits or hunting license in his possession during the hunt.  The subject also admitted to not wearing his required blaze orange clothing the entire hunt.  The subject was issued a citation for not having his permits in his possession and written warnings for not having his hunting license in his possession and not wearing the required blaze orange clothing.

Two CPOs conducted a compliance check on two vehicles entering the field.  While checking the second vehicle it was found that the driver had a loaded rifle in the vehicle along with a partially uncased shotgun.  The driver was issued a citation for unlawfully transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Two District 15 CPOs conducted a compliance check on two vehicles leaving the field.  During the check a CPO found a loaded uncased 9mm pistol under the seat.  The driver was issued a citation for transportation of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and a written warning for transportation of an uncased firearm in a vehicle.

CPOs interviewed a subject who admitted to shooting at a coyote from his vehicle next to a house in Wayne County.  The subject was arrested on Nov. 8th, by Wayne City Police Department with a loaded 243 in his truck.

CPOs and a CPOT investigated an unlicensed timber buyer.  The complainant gave the information to another CPO and he forwarded it to District 15.  When the subject was arrested he was wanted on two warrants for cannabis charges and he had a cannabis pipe in his pocket.

CPOs and a Sergeant completed the investigation of an unlicensed outfitter in Wayne County.  The subject denied accepting money for his services at first until the officers revealed they had booked a hunt with him.

A CPO received a complaint of subjects driving deer with vehicles in Clay County and he was able to intercept the vehicles and a total of seven citations were issued.  The complainant just happened to be the wife of one of the hunters.

A CPO and a CPOT cited a subject for hunting from the roadway and two subjects for untagged deer.

A CPO investigated the unlawful take of a bobcat in Wayne County.  The CPO interviewed a suspect and gained a confession from the Pennsylvania bow hunter.

A CPO arrested a Terre Haute man at the Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area boat launch for driving with a suspended driver’s license, DUI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of 6.8 grams of cannabis.  He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

A CPO cited a deer hunter on the East end of Newton Lake for failure to immediately tag a deer upon kill.

A CPO cited a subject for shining deer, open alcohol, and uncased gun.

A CPO came across a resident hunter who had not tagged his deer immediately upon kill.  The hunter stated that he had to drag the deer a long way and across a deep ravine and creek and did not want to lose the tag.  The hunter was cited for the offense. 

A CPO inspected a resident hunter who was hunting in Jackson County with a Perry County permit.  It was explained to him that he was well over four miles from the county line.  The hunter was also found to be in possession of a shotgun with no plug while deer hunting.  The hunter was cited for the offense. 

A CPO inspected a resident hunter who had just returned to his cabin from hunting.  The hunter had his unloaded, uncased muzzleloader sitting next to him in his UTV as he pulled up to the cabin.  The hunter was cited for unlawful transportation of a firearm.

A CPO charged a Louisiana hunter for killing a small buck then killing another larger buck.  The hunter dragged the smaller buck into the woods and broke its antlers off to less than 3 inches.  He then tagged a larger buck and carted it to the truck leaving the other buck in the woods untagged.  The hunter had only one either sex permit and he was issued a citation.

A CPO charged a hunter with unlawful transportation of a loaded firearm in his vehicle.

A CPO issued citations to two Williamson County subjects for pollution of a waterway.

A CPO and CPOT patrolled in Williamson County over the second firearm deer season.  Violations of blaze orange requirements, no valid deer permit, use of a rifle, hunting hours violations, permits in possession were some of the offenses found.  Appropriate citations and warnings were issued.

A CPO investigated a road hunting complaint over the firearm deer season.  A Perry County juvenile was allowed by his father to shoot a doe from a public roadway, killing a deer which was standing in a neighbor’s side yard.  The father was cited under parental responsibility for shooting from a highway and unlawful take of deer without a valid permit.

A CPO cited a Louisiana hunter for transporting an uncased firearm in a motor vehicle.

A CPO conducted two taxidermy inspections in Perry County, random inspections.

A Sergeant responded to two hunting without permissions complaints in Alexander County.

A Sergeant assisted a CPO in attempting to locate an outfitter in Perry County allowing his out of state hunters to hunt with rifles.  The suspect vehicle was found but the hunters were not located in the field.

A Sergeant assisted on a property damage car accident on I-57 with traffic control until troopers arrived to secure the scene.

Seventy degree temperatures hampered the number of hunters we usually encounter.  The ongoing drought conditions in Region V are taking a toll on waterfowl areas on private lands and public as well.