Two men charged with poaching crimes in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. -- Indiana conservation officers have arrested Ryan Jinkerson of Lowell, age 46, and Randy Kirk of Winfield, age 34, on multiple charges in relation to poaching deer.

The two Lake County men were charged with:

  • illegal taking of deer
  • hunting with the aid of a motorized conveyance
  • providing false information to a deer check station
  • failing to check in deer
  • hunting deer without a license
  • hunting without consent of landowner
  • hunting deer by the aid of bait
  • unlawful taking of a federally protected species
  • unlawfully placing surveillance cameras on private property
  • hindering a conservation officer 

All of the charges filed are misdemeanors. 

After conservation officers charged both suspects, they surrendered themselves and both posted bail of $750.

This investigation stemmed from a submission to the Turn in a Poacher Hotline

Conservation officers would like to encourage Hoosiers to report all illegal poaching crimes, either online or by phone at 800- 847-4367.

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