Man sentenced for illegally taking large buck

Photo courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources

From Local Sources

JASPER — Authorities say a Holland man has been sentenced for the illegal taking of what most hunters would consider a buck of a lifetime.

Mark R. Gill, 56, 6477 W. Holland Road East, Holland, harvested a non-typical, 20-point buck with more than 200 inches of antler during the 2016 season after already taking a buck earlier that archery season, according to Department of Natural Resources conservation officers who noted that violated the State of Indiana’s one-buck rule.

As part of a plea agreement with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, Gill’s hunting license privileges will be suspended for a period of two years, he will serve 100 hours of community service, be on probation for 540 days and pay $741 in fines and court costs, including a $500 replacement fee.

He was sentenced last week in Dubois Superior Court.

Conservation officers say it was determined Gill took the second harvested buck of the 2016 season and froze it until the 2017 season before checking it in. By doing this, conservation officers say, he provided false information to Indiana’s deer harvest information system.

Because of his Indiana hunting license suspension, Gill will be entered into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. This is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in 48 member states. The only states not currently in the violator compact are Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Gill pled guilty to unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer (a Class B misdemeanor) and providing false information to a check station (a Class C misdemeanor). 

The TIP (Turn In a Poacher) program, which is a way for anonymous callers to provide information about wildlife crimes, was used in this case, conservation officers reported. The program has local origins, having been started by what is now the Dubois County Sportsman Club in the early 1980s. It eventually transitioned to a state program providing monetary reimbursement for information leading to an arrest. During the 2018 calendar year, TIP received a total of 277 reports.

To report future wildlife poaching or pollution, conservation officers say the public can call 1-800-TIP-IDNR or submit an online form at:

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