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Officials: Olney men illegally shot bucks to collect skulls

January 16, 2015

OLNEY, Ill. (AP) — State officials say two Olney men and one juvenile accused of illegally hunting deer at night were collecting buck skulls to make skull mounts.

Caleb L. Diel and Dylan E. Mitchell are charged with felony resource theft, unlawful hunting by use of lights from a vehicle and unlawful hunting deer at night. The juvenile faces similar charges. Diel also is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm with no valid FOID card.

The Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/1xvprGN ) reports the suspects shot 13 deer, including 11 antlered bucks. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police says all but one of the deer were shot between the hours of sunset and sunrise.

The department says the heads were removed from the bucks and their bodies were dumped or left where they were killed.

Court records don’t indicate an attorney for Diel or Mitchell.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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