Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Violations

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Violations

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Here are some of the cases recently worked by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Marion County

On Jan. 4, Lt. Gregg Eason was monitoring a group of hunters in the Ocala National Forest known on the CB radio as the "Dirty Dozen." Lt. Eason heard the hunters tell one another to leave the dogs in the woods and get back to camp. Lt. Eason met with officers Danton Jones, Washburn Wear and Mike Fischer to work the group during the afternoon hunt. Lt. Eason checked one of the hunters and noticed several drops of blood on the dog box in the back of the hunter's truck. The hunter explained it was from a doe he had killed a couple of days ago in Georgia. After Lt. Eason explained the capabilities of DNA testing and read the subject his Miranda rights warnings, the hunter admitted the blood was from a doe killed on New Year's Day on Forest Road 67 in the Ocala National Forest. The hunter led officers to the remains of the deer that were disposed of behind the hunt camp. While en route back to the "Dirty Dozen" hunt camp in Eureka, Lt. Eason came in contact with another hunter from the group. A search of the truck revealed two fresh deer shoulders and a back strap in a cooler on the dog box. The hunter explained he was given the meat by from a friend in Fort McCoy. A search of the hunt camp led to the discovery of fresh blood and meat from a deer cleaned on the back porch. Officers Jones and Wear checked with the hunter in Fort McCoy who supposedly produced the fresh deer meat. They discovered where a deer had been recently cleaned along with fresh blood in the hunter's vehicle. Lt. Don McMillen and Investigator Janice Jones, as well as Capt. Jack Daugherty, responded to assist in evidence recovery. In all, two vehicles, one Benelli shotgun and several portions of three different deer were seized. The hunter from Fort McCoy is familiar with FWC officers because Officer Ben Eason had arrested him two years ago in Volusia County for taking deer during the closed season. …

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