Charges were announced Saturday against five people for what authorities say was a poaching ring involving deer and wild turkey.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife conducted a two month investigation after receiving information from hunters and anonymous tips called into the "Turn In a Poacher" hotline.
33-year-old Jackie Farley II of Thurman is facing five charges of hunting without permission, four charges of failure to attach a temporary tag to deer, three charges of having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, four charges of failing to permanently check deer, two charges of attempt to take deer over limit, hunting after sunset, taking second and third antlered buck in a season, shooting from a public roadway and litter.
Also charged are 55-year-old Carl E. Perry of Thurman on three charges of hunting without permission, two charges of having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to attach temporary tag to deer, failure to permanently check deer, providing false information to a check station.
22-year-old Carl A. Perry of Thurman faces two charges of hunting without permission, failure to attach a temporary deer tag, failure to deliver deer to a check station and having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. 32-year-old Michael Perry of Vinton is charged with two counts of aiding a juvenile in taking a deer after hours, two charges of having a firearm under disability, failure to temporarily tag a deer and failure to permanently check a deer.
60-year-old Gary Duty of Bethel is charged with hunting without permission.
Authorities seized white-tailed deer mounts and antlers, untagged wild turkey parts, firearms and all-terrain vehicles. You can report suspected poachers by calling 1-800-POACHER.