Investigation Launched into Hunter Who Killed Ohio's Biggest Buck

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  • Brian's avatar

    They claim he didn’t have written permission on a family property? Seems strange. Either way, I’m not sure I would want to kill one of these record bucks. It’s like winning the lottery, tons of attention and most of its bad. Hope he was legal and it all works out for him

  • Joshua's avatar

    Where he says he shot it, isn't where near by residents say he shot it. They are claiming he shot it on a cemetery property. Not his family land

  • Wayne's avatar

    @Brian I'm with you man, if he was hunting somewhere he was allowed then I don't understand the issue. And I would hate to have all the attention, really takes the fun out of hunting when so many jealous people come out of the wood work to start the rumor mill.

  • Jordan's avatar

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I’ve heard of other incidents where the DNR come in and take deer from people and they have to fight in court to get them back. If he’s guilty let the state pay to prove it seems more fair then having an average Joe pay to prove his innocence.

  • Sean's avatar

    @Jordan the seizure of the rack would happen one of a few ways. The first would be consent ODNR makes contact with the person of interest and ask if they may take the rack, cape, etc. The next is through warrant. Depending on the strength of statements, and other evidence i.e. accessing GPS coordinates via the Ohio Hunt app, they can prepare and affidavit and present it to a judge, likely the home county judge to determine if probable cause exists for them to make a seizure of the cape, antlers, etc. The last would be through a warrant exception due to the ease of this specific evidence being destroyed or lost. If this deer is in fact the #1 deer in Ohio ever taken and #2 or #3 overall in America, then it is worth significant money. Maybe not life changing money, but i would estimate high 6 figures or low 7 figures in the right market. We should really blame social media, traditional media outlets, and just human nature in general for making this man guilty before the burden of proof is met. We live in a time and age that we have no patience and want things in two days or less, the Amazon effect. Early reporting, even with the best intentions, is never good for the basis of our justice system.

  • Sean's avatar

    @Wayne I agree with you and @Brian. Ohio does have a pretty pointed law regarding hunting on private land. You must have written permission. However, If CJ truly shot and recovered this deer on his family’s property that he had permission to hunt on, it’s pretty crappy of ODNR if they do hem him up on this.

  • Wayne's avatar

    @Sean Yea that's what I'm saying. If I was to go hunt on my dad's property and kill a record deer and then they took if from me because my dad didn't write on a piece of paper that I could hunt there that would be pretty ridiculous. I mean if they went to the property owner that he killed it off of and the person said yes he had permission then that's as far as it should have went.

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