Woman cited for hunter harassment
It isn’t often in Ohio that someone is cited for hunter harassment, but it happened during the recent deer hunting seasons in Shelby County.
A woman who was yelling at a hunter in a tree stand was found guilty under Ohio’s law, which protects a hunter’s rights when the hunter is in the act of legally hunting. The woman, who pleaded guilty to harassment charges paid $155 in fines and court costs.
According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW), the hunter complained he was being harassed. Shelby County Wildlife Officer Tim Rourke responded to the complaint and was told by the hunter that a neighbor approached the property line dividing her property from the one which he was on. While in his tree stand, he said she yelled obscenities at him. Rourke advised the hunter not to say anything to the woman and to continue hunting.
When Rourke contact the woman at her residence, she told him she believed the hunter was watching her in her home from his tree stand. She admitted she approached the property line and screamed at the hunter in an attempt to get him down from the tree stand and leave the area.
The wildlife officer explained to her that the hunter was in his rights to hunt where he was and that he had not done anything unethical or irresponsible. Upon conclusion of his investigation, Rourke informed the woman about Ohio’s hunter harassment law. He then cited her for the hunter harassment violation.
Originally posted on March 4th, 2017 by Al Smith – Guest Columnist at Lima News
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