2 men arrested on multiple deer poaching charges

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MARTIN COUNTY — Two men have been arrested on multiple charges after police say they poached several deer in Martin County.

Hawkins

On Saturday, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Eric Doane was contacted by an anonymous caller about multiple whitetail deer that had been shot illegally. 

Police say Doane conducted a series of interviews with multiple individuals and was able to determine that Brook N. Hawkins, 26, of Shoals had shot and killed three whitetail bucks within a period of 48 hours.
 
Police say on Friday, between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., Hawkins was allegedly searching for deer from a motor vehicle with a spotlight.  A group of three deer were located and Hawkins shot a large 9-point buck from the motor vehicle with a .204 Ruger rifle and the aid of a spotlight, police allege.  Police say the man then left the area and returned to get the deer hours later. 
 
On Saturday between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m., police allege Hawkins was in a burgundy Ford truck driven by Brandon Clifton, 27 of Loogootee when he again located a buck deer with a spotlight and shot it from the vehicle. 

When the buck dropped, police say Hawkins ran into the field, cut off the head and left the body lying in the field. 
 
Police say it was also found that on Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. Hawkins was in a vehicle again driven by Clifton when he located a buck standing in a field and shot it with a .204 Ruger rifle.  The deer was not retrieved. 
 
Hawkins was jailed and preliminarily charged with the following:

  • Hunting Deer by Illegal Method
  • Illegal Taking-Possession of Whitetail Deer
  • Use of Artificial light to Take Deer
  • Hunting Deer with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle
  • False Informing

Clifton will be cited directly into court on the following preliminary charges:

  • Illegal Taking-Possession of Whitetail Deer
  • Use of Artificial light to Take Deer
  • Hunting Deer with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle 

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




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