Four men arrested in Indiana poaching ring that spanned three counties

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(October 18, 2015) – Indiana Conservation Officers executed 3 arrest warrants and 1 search warrant on Saturday night, putting an end to an illegal deer guiding service.

There were a four suspects involved, one of which was an Iowa resident, and the investigation spanned Jefferson, Henry, and Madison Counties.

After receiving a tip of road hunting in Jefferson County, Conservation Officers began an investigation that ultimately resulted in the arrest of Jeremy Zachary, 31, of Anderson.

The investigation revealed that Zachary had been directly responsible for the illegal harvest of multiple deer over the past several years.

There was direct evidence that he illegally killed 16 deer and turkey over the past two years.

It is unknown how many he actually harvested during that time, or how many were taken by the poachers he would “guide”.

The alleged violations included multiple occurrences of:

  • Shooting from a vehicle
  • Shooting from or across a roadway
  • Shooting deer after legal hours
  • Jacklighting (use of artificial light to take game)
  • Hunting without consent of landowner
  • Illegal taking of deer
  • Overbag on antlered deer
  • Failure to check in deer
  • Hunting turkey out of season.

Officers arrested Zachary and a second suspect, and executed a search warrant at Zachary’s Anderson residence on Saturday night.

Items seized included a vehicle, a firearm, wild animal parts, a computer, a cell phone, a digital camera, a trail camera, a spotlight, photographs, hunting documents, and financial documents.

Zachary has had 3 prior arrests for illegally harvesting deer. He also had his hunting privileges in Indiana revoked in 2008 for a year.

Pending judgment, he could lose his vehicle and firearm, and his restitution to the state could be as high as $16,000. He could also serve time in jail for these offenses.

The original information for this case came in on our TIP line (1-800-TIP-IDNR). Conservation Officers would like to encourage the public to report any illegal hunting activities and remind them that a tip that results in a case being made can earn you a reward of up to $200, and tips can be made anonymously.

Reporter Charlie DeMar has exclusive footage of the poaching ring raid. Tune in Monday night for his story.

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