ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) An investigation into deer poaching led to the arrest and conviction of a Steuben County man.
Indiana conservation officers followed an anonymous tip that came into the Turn in a Poacher hotline regarding Kyle Schlegel, 20, of Hudson. The tip claimed Schlegel had several illegal, untagged white-tailed deer and they were being butchered in the garage of his home in southwest Steuben County.
An investigation revealed that Schlegel used a .22 caliber rifle to shoot deer out-of-season from a pick-up truck at night, using a spotlight. He was charged with committing 20 misdemeanor wildlife crimes.
Officers seized deer parts and equipment used in the crimes, including two 8-point buck heads, venison, deer hides, a scoped Remington .22 rifle, ammunition, and a spotlight.
Schlegel pleaded guilty to the unlawful taking of deer and was sentenced to 180 days in the Steuben County Jail (176 suspended) and was ordered to pay $283 in court fines and costs. He also has a pay a $500 deer replacement fee and will serve one year probation. Schlegel’s hunting privileges were also suspended until the successful completion of an Indiana Hunter Education Class.
Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) is a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife. Call (800) TIP-IDNR if you see, hear, or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife violation. If your anonymous “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward.