The last few days of the 2003 deer firearms season went out with a bang for
nine people charged with shooting a law-enforcement decoy.
According to a statement released Tuesday by the Law Enforcement Division of
the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, DNR officers deployed a
full-body deer mount with a robotic head and tail after receiving reports of
people shooting from vehicles or from the roadway. The decoy, with moving
head and tail, gives the appearance of a live deer and, as Conservation
Officer Shawn Brown put it, “enables us to get the violator, the decoy, and
the officer in the same spot at the same time.”
“These people are lazy,” Brown added. “Instead of getting out in the cold
and hunting like you’re supposed to, they take the easy way out and ride
around in a vehicle, then either shoot from the vehicle or stand in the
roadway and shoot. Not only is it lazy, it is very dangerous.”
All nine people were charged with hunting with the aid of a motor-driven
conveyance, shooting from a roadway, and shooting a law-enforcement decoy.
Additional charges were filed in some cases, including a federal charge of
possessing a firearm whose serial number had been removed. In addition to
paying fines and court costs and possibly serving jail time, each person
must pay a separate fee to repair or replace the decoy after shooting it.