November 14, 2008
Chillicothe, Ohio - Two men convicted of the illegal
taking of white-tailed deer have been ordered to pay restitution of
$12,988 according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Division of Wildlife.
The Honorable Judge Thomas E. Bunch presided and assistant law
director Michele Route prosecuted today over the first case in the
State involving white-tailed deer restitution under Ohio's revised
restitution law. The law went into effect March 2008 and allows the
Ohio Division of Wildlife to seek an increased recovery value on all
illegally harvested wildlife.
Cory A. Posey, 19, of South Salem has pled guilty to charges of
taking a deer with a rifle, deterring an officer, taking a deer
after hours, and taking more than one buck in a license year. Posey
will pay $100 in fines, additional court costs, and $6,494 in
restitution. He will serve 200 hours of community service, five
years of community control and hunting privileges suspended for five
Kyle E. Kruger, 20, of Washington Court House has pled guilty to
charges of spotlighting, deterring an officer, and aiding an
individual in the unlawful taking of a wild animal. Kruger will pay
$100 in fines, additional court costs, and $6,494 in restitution. He
will serve 200 hours of community service, five years of community
control and hunting privileges suspended for five years.
In addition to fines, restitution, license suspension and community
service, the deer, firearms, and all other equipment used in the
illegal activities were ordered forfeit. All venison was forfeited
and will be donated to a local food pantry.
Under Ohio's new law, the recovery value for individual
white-tailed deer is derived from the formula listed in 1531.201 of
the Ohio Revised Code. The value is determined by measuring the
antlers and using the following formula plus the value derived for
wildlife. The formula for white tailed deer will be applied to all
individuals whose gross score exceeds 125 Boone and Crockett (B&C)
inches. The formula is:
Recovery Value = ((gross score - 100)2 x $1.65) + the value derived
in the Wildlife Value Formula ($500 as of 3/08).