Wabash Valley, Indiana Men Face 28 Wildlife Violations

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Indiana Conservation Officers served arrest warrants Thursday on James L. Jacob, 37, of Brazil, and Ronald Hayne, 62, of Terre Haute for multiple alleged violations of wildlife laws following a 12-month investigation.

Conservation Officers allege that Jacob committed one Class D felony, five Class B misdemeanors, and 14 Class C misdemeanors, and that Hayne committed eight Class C misdemeanors.

Conservation Officers allege that Jacobs and Hayne aided clients in hunting illegally under their direction. The violations occurred upon and around the area near the Prairie Grove Hunting Preserve that is owned by Jacob and in other areas of rural Clay County. Hayne works as a guide for Prairie Grove Hunting Preserve.

Conservation Officers also seized firearms, vehicles and other evidence allegedly  used in the illegal taking and transportation of wildlife. The vehicles and firearms are subject to forfeiture upon a conviction.

Jacob and Hayne were taken to the Clay County Jail. Jacob’s bond was set at $7,000 and Hayne’s bond was $5,000.
    
Jacob is facing the following possible charges:

Class D Felony
1 count; Unlawful sale or shipment of wild animals

Class B Misdemeanors
1 count; Illegal possession of wild turkey
4 counts; Illegal possession of whitetail deer

Class C Misdemeanors
2 counts; Aiding, inducing, or causing an individual to hunt pheasant in closed season
2 counts; Hunting by the aid of a motorized conveyance
2 counts; Hunting from a public roadway
2 counts; Aiding, inducing, or causing the illegal taking of pheasants
1 count; Jacklighting (Shining an artificial light from a motorized conveyance while in possession of a firearm)
1 count; Failure to maintain continuous burning light while hunting furbearers
1 count; Failure to procure resident hunting license
1 count; Failure to post signage every 500 feet and single strand wire on boundary of shooting preserve
1 count; Aiding, inducing, or causing the illegal taking of coyote
1 count; Failure to provide bill of sale for birds killed on shooting preserve

Hayne faces the following possible charges:
 
Class C Misdemeanors
2 counts; Aiding, inducing, or causing an individual to hunt pheasant in closed season
2 counts; Hunting from a public roadway
2 counts; Hunting by the aid of a motorized conveyance
2 counts; Aiding, inducing, or causing the illegal taking of wildlife

Conservation Officers also executed a search warrant on Jacob’s home and property and seized the following items as evidence:

3 trucks: 1999 white Chevrolet 3500 pickup;  Suzuki Carry “mini truck”; and 1990 gold Chevrolet 1500 pickup
1 Kubota mini-excavator
3 rifles: Remington R-15 .204 caliber rifle, Remington 700 .220 Swift Etronix rifle, CZ .204 caliber rifle
5 sets of white-tailed deer antlers
2 gray fox
1 wild turkey carcass
1 mallard drake carcass
2 computers

A person convicted of illegal possession of a whitetail deer or wild turkey shall reimburse the state $500 for the first violation, and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
    
A Class D felony conviction carries a penalty of six months to three years in prison and fines up to $10,000. A Class B misdemeanor conviction carries a penalty of up to 180 days in prison and fines up to $1,000. A Class C misdemeanor conviction carries a penalty of up to 60 days in prison and fines up to $500.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Indiana Conservation Officer Max C. Winchell
Phone: (812) 243-6616
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov