(MARTINSVILLE) - 44-year-old Bradley Ferran, of Martinsville, was arrested for possession of an illegal whitetail deer.
Indiana Conservation Officers said Ferran was bow hunting on a friend's property when a large buck walked by that he could not resist. Ferran shot the deer without having first obtained an archery deer license. After he killed the deer, police said Ferran then purchased a license and checked in the deer.
Conservation Officers became interested in this particular deer when pictures began circulating on cell phones because of the size of the rack. Due to the stir the deer was causing, officers wanted to verify the deer was legal. A quick check of phone records, check station log books, and a few key interviews led investigators to the fact that Ferran had taken the deer before he bought his license.
Illegal deer cases like Ferran's are made countless times during the hunting season by Indiana Conservation Officers across the state. As the current hunting season winds down, officers will continue to search for deer and other wildlife that were taken illegally.
Conservation Officers want to remind all hunters that it is unlawful to hunt before purchasing a license, and certainly easier than dealing with the consequences of being caught without it.
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