A North Judson, Ind., man has been charged with spotlighting while in
possession of a firearm, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
According to the DNR, at 6:45 p.m. Sunday a conservation officer in Starke
County was alerted of a possible poacher using spotlights, after a concerned
citizen called the Turn-In-A-Poacher hotline. The conservation officer
responded to the scene and observed Robert Allen, 24, “shining a spotlight
across open fields and along wooded areas in an apparent search for deer,”
the DNR said.
The conservation officer subsequently executed a traffic stop on Allen and
found him in possession of a spotlight and a loaded .50 caliber muzzleloader
and numerous rounds of ammunition, the DNR said.
Under Indiana law, it is permitted to shine a spotlight from a motor
vehicle. It is illegal to shine a spotlight from a motor vehicle when
there are firearms or archery gear inside the vehicle.
Spotlighting while in possession of a firearm is a Class C misdemeanor.
Call the Turn-In-A-Poacher hotline at (800) TIP-IDNR.
Hoosiers can now also reach ICO Central Dispatch 24/7 at (812) 837-9536.