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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 23, 2011 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
Stacey Solano 
217-558-0994 
IDNR Conservation Police Charge Two Men for Deer Poaching 
Giant buck illegally taken in Kankakee County  
SPRINGFIELD, IL –   Charges have been filed against two individuals by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement in a recent deer poaching case. The men were cited for numerous Wildlife Code violations involving the illegal take of a 13-point whitetail deer in Kankakee County.

“IDNR Conservation Police Officers perform outstanding work to enforce the laws that protect our wildlife, natural resources and our hunting heritage,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “This case is another example to would-be poachers that the Conservation Police are out and looking for those who choose to violate the law.”

“I am proud of the efforts of the men and women who comprise the IDNR Conservation Police force and have full confidence in their ability to seek out those who break the law,” said IDNR Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement has zero tolerance for poaching or any other illegal activities out in the field.”

The investigation focused on the unlawful harvest of one giant buck scoring 189 and 5/8 inches estimated to be worth thousands of dollars.

These two individuals were charged with the following:

Weldon “Jesse” Bean (age 29 from Kankakee, IL)
1 count of accessory to unlawful take of whitetail deer with rifle
1 count of failure to tag deer immediately upon kill
1 count of falsifying deer harvest records (Sangamon Co.)
1 count of illegal transportation of uncased bow on an ATV
1 count of hunting with an invalidated permit
1 count of illegal possession of whitetail deer
1 count of unlawfully hunting without permission of landowner
1 count of accessory to unlawfully hunting within 300 yards of a dwelling with a rifle

Raymond Drazen (age 40 from St. Anne, IL)
1 count of illegally taking a whitetail deer with a rifle
1 count of unlawfully hunting without permission of landowner
1 count of unlawfully hunting within 300 yards of a dwelling with a rifle
1 count of accessory to illegal possession of whitetail deer


If anyone has information about illegal activities in the field, they are encouraged to call the IDNR Target Illinois Poacher Hotline at 1-877-2DNRLAW (1-877-236-7529).



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