10/20/11 Indiana Conservation Officers investigating gunshots in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 15th in northern Wabash County uncover a significant case of a hunter shooting over his legal limit of waterfowl near the Lukens Lake area.
Officer Jon Engle located two waterfowl hunters on private property who were hunting a small farm pond with large numbers of waterfowl pouring into it. Amos Haywood of Roann, Indiana was hunting with his father as assisting officers converged on the area. As the investigation unfolded it was determined that Amos Haywood had shot 19 waterfowl over his legal limit which included; 2 Canada Geese, 10 mallard ducks, and 7 wood ducks. The legal daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and for Canada Geese are 2. His father was found to have shot a legal limit of waterfowl and was not charged.
Haywood was subsequently charged into federal court for the violations and his firearm was seized. “Individuals that shoot more wildlife than they are legally allowed are stealing from the ethical hunters who understand the true meaning of hunting and conservation” according to Indiana Conservation Officer Jon Engle.
Sportsmen are encouraged to report wildlife crimes to the Indiana Turn In a Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.