A Chicago resident is facing a fine after Indiana Conservation Officers said
that he illegally shot a wild turkey by aid of bait, the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources said.
According to a statement released today, Conservation Officers Keith
Wildeman and Major Terry Hyndman were on foot patrol in Starke County on the
opening morning of Indiana’s spring wild turkey season, checking a property
“known to be baited.”
As the officers approached the baited area, they heard a shotgun blast
nearby and subsequently made contact with the property owner, Aaron W.
Longenecker, 64, of Chicago, “who was retrieving a dead wild turkey,” DNR
“The turkey was laying near a feeder containing cracked corn,” DNR said.
“The area around the feeder showed fresh signs of turkey activity and was
located less than 50 yards from Longenecker’s hunting blind.”
Longenecker then admitted shooting the turkey as well as placing the feeder
on his property, DNR said.
He was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of illegally taking a
wild turkey by aid of bait, a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of
$500 for the turkey’s replacement cost and by any court costs and fines, DNR
Both the turkey and Longenecker’s Browning 12-gauge shotgun were seized as
evidence, DNR added.