2012-12-11 / Front Page

Avon Man Charged For Illegally Killing Turkey West Of Cloverdale

Indiana Conservation Officers charged Richard H. Tomasik, 55, of Avon, with taking a wild turkey in closed season on December 1st after finding him at his Avon home cooking the illegally killed bird. Conservation Officer Jeff Wells said that when he arrived at the Tomasik residence to question him about his involvement in the reported poaching incident, he found the suspect in his garage deep frying the turkey.

Officer Wells said Tomasik admitted to shooting the wild turkey while deer hunting on private property west of Cloverdale in Putnam County earlier in the day. A concerned hunter reported the incident to conservation officers after encountering Tomasik in the woods with the dead turkey. The fall season for hunting wild turkeys with a firearm closed October 28th.

The offense is a Class B misdemeanor punishable with imprisonment up to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000. Both the partially cooked turkey and shotgun used to kill it were seized as evidence from the suspect. Indiana Conservation Officers encourage citizens to report the unlawful taking of our fish and wildlife resources by calling the Turn In a Poacher hot line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

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