EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Two Evansville men have been charged with poaching a white-tailed deer during the 2018 hunting season.
Austin VanBritson, 21, and Garrett Hoss, 19, were facing multiple charges, including illegal taking of a white-tailed deer, shooting across a public roadway, shooting from a motorized conveyance, use of artificial light to take white-tailed deer, hunting without landowner consent, hunting without a valid license, and hunting with a firearm in a closed season.
VanBritson went into an informal deferral program through the Vanderburgh County Superior Court in April. He received a two-year revocation of hunting privileges, was ordered to attend a Hunter Education Course, received 24 hours of community service, and forfeited the rifle used to take the deer.
In addition to court-ordered fines, the two men were ordered to pay a $500 replacement fee to the Department of Natural Resource for illegally taking the deer.
In October 2018, Indiana Conservation Officers received an anonymous tip about a white-tailed deer being illegally taken near the Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course in Evansville.
Officers conducted surveillance of the area and apprehended VanBritson and Hoss.
Conservation officers say VanBritson shot an eight-point buck using a .270 caliber rifle in Oct. 2018 after legal hunting hours. They say he told them he shot the deer as it was standing in a bean field across from the golf course.
According to Conservation Officers, VanBritson told them he found the deer in the evening then waited for a break in traffic before standing through the sunroof of his vehicle and shooting it across the roadway with a high-powered rifle.
The two men returned the next morning to find the buck. Conservation officers say they shot and killed it with a bow and arrow, then left the scene so they could come back and get it that evening.
To report hunting or fishing violations please call 1-800-TIP-IDNR or the DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch (24 hours a day) at 812-837-9536.
(This story was originally published on August 27, 2019)