"Wired Arrow" hunters under scrutiny for potential violations.
The hunting television show, "Wired Arrow," as seen on the Sportsman channel and Pursuit channel, has come under some pretty serious fire very recently. A joint investigation consisting of federal and state conservation agencies between Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri found 134 wildlife violations by members of the show, as well as taking 18 deer illegally in Illinois.
The multi-jurisdictional investigation revealed that the "Wired Arrow" team, owners, pro staff, and guests all hunted on properties that they did not have permission to hunt inside the state of Illinois during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Since they were not granted permission by the landowners, their licenses were then considered invalid and all hunting actions that would have taken place on those properties during that time would have been deemed illegal.
All evidence that has been gathered has been found on taped YouTube footage as well as taped shows that aired on cable television. Rafael Gutierrez, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Chief of Law Enforcement says:
The Illinois Conservation Police will aggressively investigate whenever someone violates hunting laws, violates another's private property rights, or otherwise tries to exploit Illinois' natural resources at the expense of law-abiding hunters.
"Hunting is a great privilege to be cherished and respected," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "Those who violate laws intended to protect Illinois' wildlife resources and take game illegally will face the full consequences of the law."
The team at Wired Arrow posted this on their Facebook page on Dec. 3 addressing the charges against them.
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Go to WSILTV to see the names and charges against the hunters from "Wired Arrow."
As "Wired Arrow" stated in their Facebook post, these are just charges. All of it still needs to be proven in court of law.