FWC Law Enforcement Report

January 31, 2016

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending January 28 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


Officer Barnard received information on the location of a baited hunting site in Yellow River Management Area.  When he responded to the area, he encountered a person leaving the area on a golf cart.  Officer Barnard spoke to the subject about the baited site and he denied any knowledge of it.  Officer Barnard continued to the baited site, noticing that the golf cart tire sign lead straight to it.  At the baited stand site, he discovered corn scattered, a feeder full of corn, a trail camera and a pine tree that had recently been climbed using a climbing tree stand.  He also noticed that the tree that held the feeder had approximately 100 nails and screws driven into it in an apparent attempt to keep squirrels out of the feeder.  Officer Barnard seized the items as evidence.  Officer Barnard again made contact with the subject who again denied any knowledge of the baited sight.  Officer Barnard obtained a search warrant to look at the photos on the trail camera, which had a clear picture of the same subject on it.  Officer Barnard obtained warrants on the subject for placing bait in a management area and for driving metal objects into a tree which was located on a management area.


Officers Lewis and Ramos were on patrol when they heard gunshots after legal shooting hours in a nearby farm field.  They entered the farm field and observed a truck that was attempting to exit the field. The officers observed a man and a woman along with three rifles on the front seat of the truck.  When asked about the gunshots, the male said that he was attempting to shoot at a fox because they were digging holes in the field.  He said he was hunting in the field earlier but did not see any deer.  The officers located an injured antlerless deer lying in the field.  The man was interviewed and admitted to shooting at a doe deer as they left the field.  A computer check revealed that the man was a convicted felon and the woman had a warrant for worthless checks.  The rifle the man shot the doe deer with came back as stolen.  The officers charged the male subject with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and taking an antlerless deer during the closed season and arrested the woman for the warrant.  Both subjects were booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail.  The theft of the firearm is under investigation.

Lieutenant Hahr located an area along Coldwater Creek that had been baited with milo for ducks.  He returned to the area before sunrise and observed three subjects arrive at the site, set up wood duck decoys and begin calling for wood ducks.  After a little while, two of the subjects shot but did not hit any ducks.  As they began to leave, Lieutenant Hahr approached them.  They admitted to baiting the area and attempting to take wood ducks.  Lieutenant Hahr documented several other violations including hunting with an unplugged shotgun, using lead shot to take waterfowl, no federal duck stamp, and no hunting license or applicable permits.  The three subjects were all charged with hunting ducks over bait and were given citations for some of the license violations.  They were warned for the additional violations.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.


7 Responses to “FWC Law Enforcement Report”

  1. William on February 3rd, 2016 8:01 am

    >>>How come any news agency now doesn”t tell you what the ethnic back ground of the crook is can anyone tell me why?

    We can’t report what the FWC does not report to us.

  2. Todd on February 3rd, 2016 7:28 am

    How come any news agency now doesn”t tell you what the ethnic back ground of the crook is can anyone tell me why?

  3. Billy D on February 2nd, 2016 6:48 am

    anyone else see any irony in getting caught by your own trail camera? “I have no knowledge of that bait site or equipment officer”…………funny, it knew YOU!!! Great job to the FWC guys who are out there risking it every day!

  4. Bob's Brother on February 1st, 2016 11:17 am

    I find it despicable that someone would possess firearms AND violate game laws after being convicted of a felony. Kudos to the officers for enforcing our laws.

  5. Jeremy Trease on January 31st, 2016 5:45 pm

    Good job FWC . Proud supporter . Most people don’t realize that you have to put your lives on the line more often than city and highway officers because you deal with individuals that have firearms.

  6. jeeperman on January 31st, 2016 4:23 pm

    Ever wonder why FWC does not publish the names of those arrested in these reports?
    Is it deemed to be too embarrassing for the perps?

  7. Daniel on January 31st, 2016 11:56 am

    Thank you Officers for your work in the area! The rules are easy and never change but people continue to do the same wrong things over and over. Your work helps the rest of us who follow the rules.