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Three Charged With Illegally Hunting Deer at Night

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Three Charged With Illegally Hunting Deer at Night
A Total of 13 Deer were Unlawfully Taken; 11 were Antlered Bucks
OLNEY, IL � Three Richland County men have been charged with illegally taking deer at night. A total of 13 deer, 11 of which were antlered bucks, were taken by three subjects.  The case was investigated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police.

Caleb L. Diel, 18, of Olney, Dylan E. Mitchell, 18, of Olney, and a juvenile, have been charged in the case. Diel and Mitchell are charged with Felony Resource Theft, Unlawful Hunting by Use of Lights from a Vehicle, and Unlawful Hunting Deer at Night. Diel also was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with No Valid FOID Card. The juvenile was charged with Unlawful Take of Deer and related offenses.

All of the bucks involved in this case had their heads removed and their bodies left or dumped in the area in which they were killed.  No meat was kept from any deer involved.  The subjects had been boiling the buck skulls to make skull mounts.  All of the buck heads were seized as evidence.  In addition, the .243 rifle used by the subjects was recovered and seized. 

All deer were killed between the hours of sunset and sunrise with the exception of one killed on October 26, 2014. 
 
After consultation with Richland County State's Attorney David Hyde, warrants were issued for all three subjects and the charges were filed on December 19, 2014.  On January 2, 2015, a seizure warrant was issued for the 2002 Dodge 1500 pickup truck used in these violations.  The truck has been seized pending forfeiture to the IDNR.
 
Caleb L. Diel
� Felony resource theft
� Hunting by use of lights from vehicle
� Unlawful possession of a firearm with no valid FOID
� Unlawful hunting deer at night 

Dylan E. Mitchell
� Felony resource theft
� Unlawful hunting by use of lights from vehicle
� Unlawful hunting deer at night
 
Juvenile Subject
� Unlawful hunting by use of lights from vehicle
� Unlawful hunting deer at night
� Unlawful take of deer
 
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