On the morning of May 12th, ECOs Ron Gross and Travis McNamara were patrolling for turkey hunting violations in Schuyler County when a gray pickup truck approached them. The driver was wearing full camo, so the ECOs asked if he had any luck that morning. The driver said he hadn’t, but appeared nervous.
The ECOs spotted a .17 caliber rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun laying across the center console of the truck. Both were loaded. The officers also found another unloaded shotgun on the back seat of the truck. ECO Gross observed a recently killed Canada Goose in the bed of the truck. The driver admitted that he had just shot the goose with the .17 caliber rifle.
The ECOs took the driver back to the field where the goose was shot and determined that although it had not been shot from inside of the truck, the hunter did not have permission to be on the property. He was issued two tickets for possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and one ticket each for trespassing on posted property, illegally killing a goose out of season, and Illegally killing a goose with a rifle, all returnable to Town of Tyrone Court.