A Milford man has been arrested following a two-year investigation for poaching.
Terry Howard, 42, faces charges for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, and perjury. Howard also faces misdemeanor charges of theft, illegal possession of whitetail deer, and taking of whitetail deer by artificial light.
According to a press release by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Howard after he attempted to flee in his truck the morning of Jan. 2.
Deputies had been dispatched to Howard’s home regarding Howard violating a protective order. They found him driving and deployed stop sticks since Howard would not stop, according to DNR.
While Howard was being held at the Kosciusko County Jail, conservation officers executed search warrants related to poaching. Nearly 20 sets of deer antlers, multiple firearms, and drugs were found in his home.
Conservation officers also deployed a K-9 unit to track the area where Howard had driven. The K-9 unit located a 12-gauge shotgun with an attached scope. The shotgun had been identified by conservation officers as being used by Howard while poaching deer.
On Jan. 3, Conservation Officers executed a search warrant at the address of Alfred Howard, 41, of Cromwell. Conservation officers located a stolen handgun and the skull of what appeared to be a poached antlered deer. Detectives identified the handgun as a missing piece of evidence from a large theft that had occurred in Kosciusko County.
Nearly two years ago, conservation officers were notified of possible illegal hunting activity in and around Kosciusko County. According to officials, detectives determined Terry Howard to be a primary suspect upon initial investigation.
In 2018, officers were alerted again about illegal hunting practices. It was then determined that Howard had been illegally taking deer at night throughout an area that covered two counties.
During 2018, conservation officers were able to closely monitor the movements and poaching activities of Howard, which resulted in the authorization of the search warrants.