UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with Green Lake poaching case   2 comments

From:  Ripon Press

Cody T. Johnston

Cody T. Johnston

UPDATE (posted Tuesday morning):

A Green Lake teenager has been arrested amid suspicions about a series of whitetail deer “thrill killings” in recent days.

Cody T. Johnston, 18, N5644 Hickory Hill Lane, Green Lake, was arrested this past weekend and had his initial appearance in court Monday, Dec. 1.

Police apprehended him after midnight Sunday, Nov. 30 following an alleged high-speed vehicle chase in rural Green Lake. He’s charged with attempting to flee police, obstructing officers and criminal damage to property.

Meanwhile, DNR violations could be forthcoming regarding the alleged deer poaching. Police are seeking two other males, who could face charges/violations as well.

The alleged shootings have taken place in rural Green Lake in the towns of Brooklyn and St. Marie, with at least 10 deer poached, the DNR said.

Johnston has been released on a $500 signature bond … Continue reading the full story in the Dec. 4 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Whitetail deer

Whitetail deer

ORIGINAL STORY (posted Monday evening):

The Wisconsin DNR and the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department are asking the public to assist with a wildlife “thrill killing” case.

On Saturday, Nov. 29, DNR Conservation Warden Nate Ackerman received complaints of gunshots heard overnight, northwest of Green Lake. Green Lake County sheriff’s deputies working with Ackerman located seven dead whitetail deer in various locations within a three-mile area in the towns of Brooklyn and St. Marie.

At one site, a buck, an adult doe and a doe fawn were all found in the same field.

All the deer were shot and left with no obvious attempt to recover them.

Saturday evening, DNR conservation wardens working in the area overheard numerous gunshots. A short time later, a Green Lake Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a suspect vehicle. A pursuit ensued during which the suspect crashed his vehicle. The adult male driver, who was not injured, was taken into custody.

Investigators believe that more deer were illegally killed and that more individuals are involved. Ackerman commended Green Lake deputies for rapidly responding and quickly locating suspects.

The warden said the wildlife shootings under investigation bear no resemblance to hunting.

“During the annual nine-day gun deer season, more than 600,000 licensed hunters take to the woods to enjoy Wisconsin’s great outdoors and the fine traditions surrounding the annual deer hunt,” Ackerman said. “These hunters are ethical and work hard to legally harvest a deer. This appears to be a case of wastefully killing wildlife without reason, an act which is abhorrent to real hunters.”

Investigators request that anyone with information related to this investigation contact warden Nate Ackerman at 920-369-6028 or the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 920-294-4000. Another option is to call the confidential DNR tip line at 800-TIP-WDNR or 800-847-9367.



Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Article comment by: DAVE HOOD

If anyone cares to see the carnage this clown caused killing deer. Just drive down Princeton Road in Green Lake, and look at the deer that were pulled to the side of the road and if you look closely into some of the corn fields you will see more dead deer. Not only did this clown kill deer and destroy our wildlife he also placed people’s lives at risk with his careless actions. One of the deer he shot was 30 yards from our home and between a number of other homes located behind the deer he shot. One of the reasons my wife and I purchased our home in July in the country is to be around wildlife and enjoys nature and we are very fortunate to be able to see deer up close due to the are area we live and the deer coming into our bird feeders. The deer Mr. Johnston shot and killed was a fawn who we’ve seen in our feeders since its mother was hit by a car. Not only did Mr. Johnston’s action take Wisconsin’s wildlife he also took away our safety and peace of mind. This clown drove around at night shooting out of his car from the road killing deer in complete darkness with no regard for safety or the life of our wildlife. To me his actions are not just about killing deer, but the manner in which he did it. Thank God his actions didn’t take anyone’s life.

2 responses to “UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with Green Lake poaching case

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  1. They are all monsters! There is no such thing as an “ethical” hunter.

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