Shoals Man Arrested On Multiple Deer Poaching Charges

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A Shoals man is facing charges after being arrested for alleged deer poaching in Martin County.

The investigation began on November 11th, when Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Eric Doane was contacted by an anonymous caller about multiple whitetail deer that had been shot illegally.

Cpl. Doane conducted a series of interviews with multiple individuals, and was able to determine that Brook N. Hawkins, 26, of Shoals, had shot and killed three whitetail bucks within a period of 48 hours.

On Friday, November 11th between the hours of midnight and 3:00 A.M., Hawkins was in a burgundy Ford truck driven by Brandon Clifton, 27, of Loogootee.

Hawkins located a buck deer with a spotlight and shot it from the vehicle.

When the buck dropped, Hawkins ran into the field, cut off the head and left the body lying in the field.

It was also found that on November 11th at 6:00 P.M., Hawkins was in a vehicle driven by Brandon Clifton. Hawkins located a buck standing in a field and shot it with a .204 Ruger rifle. The deer was not retrieved.

Brook Hawkins, (pictured above) was jailed on charged with the following:

-Hunting Deer By Illegal Method

-Illegal Taking-Possession of Whitetail Deer

-Use of Artificial Light to Take Deer

-Hunting Deer with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle

-False Informing

Brandon Clifton is being charged with the following:

-Illegal Taking-Possession of Whitetail Deer

-Use of Artificial Light to Take Deer

-Hunting Deer with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle

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