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Albany Man Charged in Knox County Deer Poaching Case

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2015

Charges have been filed against a Whiteside County man following an investigation into unlawful taking of deer that spanned 2 months and 3 counties.

Wesley Dauen from Whiteside County allegedly unlawfully killed an 11- and 7-point buck in northern Knox County. According to Conservation Police Officers, Dauen took the deer while using permits that belonged to another hunter; and those permits were only for antlerless deer. In addition, Dauen supposedly did not check the deer in, which is a requirement of hunters statewide.

Dauen also allegedly allowed a minor to kill an 11-point and a 9-point buck. The minor didn’t have any deer permits and also lacked an Illinois hunting license. CPOs say neither of the deer were checked in and one of them was tagged with a landowner archery permit that belonged to another hunter.

The buck that Dauen did check in only added to his charges, as he is accused of falsifying state deer check-in records because the landowner firearm deer permit he used allegedly belonged to another hunter.

Dauen was released and given a January 6th court date in Knox County. CPOs also filed charges against Douglas Roberts from Mercer County for improper use of deer permits.

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