Man convicted of taking potential ‘buck of a lifetime’

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A Dubois County man has pleaded guilty to violating Indiana’s one-buck rule. Indiana Conservation Officers believe most hunters would have considered the animal a “buck of a lifetime.” 

Mark Gill, 56, of Holland, harvested a non-typical 20 point buck with more than 200 inches of antler during the 2016 season after already taking a buck earlier that archery season according to Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement. That’s a violation of Indiana’s one-buck rule.

As part of his plea agreement with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s office, Gill’s hunting license privileges will be suspended for two years and he will serve 100 hours of community service, be on probation for 540 days and pay $741 in fines and court costs including a $500 replacement fee. 

It was determined that Gill caped out the second harvested buck of the 2016 season and froze it until the 2017 season before checking it in. By doing so he provided false information to Indiana’s deer harvest information system. 

Because of his Indiana hunting license suspension, Gill will be entered into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. This is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in 48 member states. The only states not currently in the violator compact are Massachusetts and Hawaii. 

Gill pled guilty to unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer (Class B Misdemeanor) and providing false information to a check station (Class C Misdemeanor).  

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