State Wildlife Officer Tyler Eldred, assigned to Morrow County, received information from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle had discarded processed deer parts in a ditch near a stream.

A partial plate was retrieved from the suspect’s vehicle, but neither the suspect nor the vehicle could be located for several weeks. One day, Officer Eldred was contacted by a deputy who had obtained a valid address for the suspect.

Officer Eldred was able to make contact with the suspect at his residence, and further investigation revealed that not only were the deer parts illegally dumped, but neither of the two deer had been properly checked in. Two individuals were found guilty of multiple violations and paid nearly $700 in fines and court costs.