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DNR arrests Milford man for allegedly poaching deer, possessing firearm

Photo courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division

Following a two year long investigation by Indiana Conservation officers, a Milford man was arrested on weapons and poaching related charges on January 2.

Terry Howard, 42, is facing charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, perjury, theft, illegal possession of whitetail deer, and taking of whitetail deer by artificial light.

On January 2, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office went to Howard's residence to investigate a violation of a protective order, along with conservation officers, Indiana State Police, Milford Police and Syracuse Police.

Howard was located driving his truck on 900 N near Old SR 15. Police said Howard attempted to flee by driving across a field but he was stopped when officers deployed stop sticks.

After Howard was taken into custody, conservation officers executed a search warrant related to poaching.

During the search, officers located 20 sets of deer antlers, multiple firearms, and miscellaneous drug evidence, reports said.

In the area where Howard had driven from officers, a K-9 unit searched the area. The K-9 located a 12-gauge shotgun with a scope. Conservation officers said it was the weapon Howard used while poaching deer, according to reports.

On January 3, conservation officers executed a search warrant at the home of Alfred Howard. There, they located a stolen handgun and the skull of what appeared to be a poached deer, reports said.

Kosciusko County deputies said the handgun seized was a missing piece of evidence from a large theft case that happened in the county recently.

Conservation officers said they were alerted to possible illegal deer hunting by Howard in 2016 and again in 2018.

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