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DNR: Professional hunting guide charged with theft and criminal trespass

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A Terra Haute resident is facing multiple criminal counts after the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said that he directed two men who paid him for professional guide services to hunt wild turkey on private property which he had no permission to use.

Terry Malone II, 35, the operator of Buck Creek Outfitters, has been charged with two counts of theft, a Class D felony; two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass; and two misdemeanor counts of hunting without the landowner’s consent.

According to the DNR, Malone accepted money from two men in exchange for a three-day guided wild turkey hunt which included hunting location, guide service, and lodging.

Conservation officers served an arrest warrant on Malone in Vigo County on Wednesday.

According to the DNR, on April 28 a conservation officer located two hunters--accompanied by Malones hunting guide--on property owned by Peabody Coal Company and leased for farming by Marrs Farms, after Marrs Farms had complained about trespassers.

The two hunters advised that they’d paid Malone $1,050 for the hunt and that he’d directed them to the hunting location, the DNR said. Peabody Coal and Marrs Farms contend that neither Malone nor any of the other involved persons had permission to hunt or otherwise use the property, the DNR said.

The property in question is three miles north of Terre Haute.

Similar charges are pending against Malone in Sullivan County, the DNR said, and he has recent convictions relating to wildlife crimes in other courts.

 

Posted 5/8/2014