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 on: August 15, 2013, 10:18:41 am 
Started by OBH - Last post by CharlieNorman
OPERATION VELVET

This operation began with a TIP from a concerned citizen concerning a Butler Co. resident who was taking over his limit of doves. A Division of Wildlife Investigator, acting in an undercover capacity, made arrangements to hunt with the individual later identified as Shawn Harris, 26 of Fairfield, Ohio. Mr. Harris is also a taxidermist in Butler Co. The Investigator obtained information from Mr. Harris and witnessed several wildlife violations during the hunt and Harris admitted to numerous other violations that he committed during the previous hunting season. Armed with this information and observations, a search warrant was obtained and executed by Wildlife Officers and Investigators on October 14, 2005. Mr. Harris was contacted at his residence and admitted to numerous violations involving taking deer and waterfowl illegally. Many of the deer violations occurred in Indiana, and involved taking bucks in velvet at night using led light and rifles. In addition, a large amount of evidence was seized from Mr. Harris including: 26 deer mounts and antlers, 3 fawn deer, 9 ducks, 8 wild turkeys, records and a .300 magnum rifle. Shawn Harris was charged with 8 wildlife charges including, spotlighting, taking deer with a rifle, taking a deer with a rifle in Indiana and transporting back to Ohio, taking waterfowl during the closed season, take waterfowl with a rifle, taking a turkey in Indiana without a license and transporting it back to Ohio. He was sentenced to pay $1180 in fines, forfeited most of the items seized during the search warrant including the rifle, and he received a three year hunting license suspension. Michael Harris, age 19, of Okeana in Butler Co. was also charged with one count of taking a deer with a rifle in Indiana and transporting it back to Ohio. Mr. Harris paid a $100 fine plus court costs and forfeited the deer antlers. Information was obtained that led Officers to obtain a second search warrant and execute it at a residence in Hooven, Ohio in Hamilton Co. David Scott Lewis, 36, of Hooven was contacted and gave Officers written statements admitting to killing at least 2 bucks with a rifle during the previous season. Mr. Lewis was also in possession of 23 sets of large deer antlers without a tag, seal, or certificate of ownership. He was also in possession of untagged turkey parts. Officers seized 23 sets of deer antlers or mounts, turkey parts and a .270 rifle. He was charged with 10 counts of various wildlife charges including: spotlighting, taking a deer with a rifle, possession of deer/deer parts without a tag, seal, or certificate, possession of a turkey/ turkey parts without a tag, seal or certificate. Scott Lewis was sentenced to pay $1840 in fines and restitution, forfeited all items seized during the search warrant and his hunting license was revoked for a period of 2 years. While the search warrant was being conducted, a consent search was obtained for the residence of Joseph Lewis, 18, of Hooven. Joseph Lewis admitted to several deer and turkey violations as a juvenile and admitted to spotlighting a buck deer and shooting it with a rifle in October of 2005 as an adult. Officers seized a crossbow, a 12 ga. shotgun and a set of 10 point deer antlers. He was charged with one count of spotlighting and one count of taking a deer with a rifle. He was sentenced to pay $770 in fines and restitution, forfeit the crossbow and shotgun and 3 years hunting license suspension.  Totals for Operation Velvet: 21 charges, $3890 in fines, forfeiture of all equipment except one shotgun and one deer mount, 8 years of hunting license revocation.


Hello friend do you have any information about latest operations? I am trying to gather some information but not able to. Please help

 2 
 on: February 12, 2007, 06:28:35 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
 Cheesy

 3 
 on: December 31, 2006, 11:09:40 am 
Started by OBH - Last post by shade
well maybe Lungbuster and I shouldve taken a picture of the doe I busted weds afternoon during muzzle loading season ,, she was a Biggin !

 4 
 on: December 21, 2006, 03:31:39 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
Shades past bucks.

a knot headed 6 point I busted 2 years ago .. and the other one is Troys , late muzzle loading season buck .. both of these are Route 3 north deer




 5 
 on: December 19, 2006, 09:06:03 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
Got the official score card here.

Click here to see the results.

 6 
 on: December 18, 2006, 04:37:12 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
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 7 
 on: December 18, 2006, 04:33:12 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
Always remember the following when asking and gaining permission to hunt:

-Be polite and courteous!
-Respect the land and the landowner!
-Learn something about them-what they like to do, food they like, their family, etc.
-Pick up after yourself!
-Stop back after the hunt and let them know how much you appreciated the access to their property, and say thank you again! Offer them some of your catch, or maybe cash.
-Remember them at the major holidays-cards, hams or turkeys, and gifts will make you a welcomed guest year after year.

In the event you do get permission, be prepared to offer more than a verbal "thank you". Bring some goodies for your host, something that their family can enjoy. And put some thought behind it-don't buy something at the local five-and-dime down the road that they could get anytime. Chances are, if you leave a positive lasting impression, the following years will be easier to gain access, and you will probably develop a new and lasting friendship.

One thing that is critical is having a permission slip.  I also like to use this as an oppurtunity to explain that the landowner will not be held responsible in the event of an accident.  And the revised ODNR permission slip does just that.  I also like to fill out two and give one to the land owner as well.


Official ODNR Permission Slip

 8 
 on: December 18, 2006, 04:04:47 pm 
Started by shade - Last post by OBH
Here's a good jerky recipe.

Hot & Sweet Jerky

10 pounds deer meat
2 cups chopped onions
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup catsup
4 quarts cold water
2 tsp. Mesquite smoke flavor
3 tsp. curing salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
9 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. ground yellow mustard seed

Grind the meat. Mix all other ingredients and then stir them in to the ground venison. Using a jerky shooter, form strips of meat on the shelves of a food dehydrator. (Dehydrating time depends on type and size of dehydrator, see instructions that came with your model). Store dried jerky in freezer until ready to consume.

 9 
 on: December 18, 2006, 04:00:33 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by OBH
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 10 
 on: December 17, 2006, 09:38:05 pm 
Started by OBH - Last post by shade
well I didnt take a picture of mine .. got her on sat of gun season ..

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