Milford man arrested on poaching charges
A Milford man was arrested on poaching-related charges after a two-year investigation, officials said Friday.
Terry Howard, 42, faces charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, and perjury. Howard also faces misdemeanor charges of theft, illegal possession of white-tailed deer and taking of white-tailed deer by artificial light.
Kosciusko County sheriff’s deputies were called to Howard’s home Wednesday on a report of Howard violating a protective order. Conservation officers, state police and Milford and Syracuse police also responded. They found Howard driving on County Road 900 North near Old State Road 15.
Howard tried to flee by driving his truck across a field, but officers effectively deployed stop sticks, officials said.
While Howard was being held at the Kosciusko County Jail, conservation officers executed search warrants related to poaching.
The warrants yielded evidence dating beyond recent years.
Nearly 20 sets of deer antlers, multiple firearms and miscellaneous drug evidence were found, officials said.
Conservation officers also used a dog to track the area where Howard had driven. The dog found a 12-gauge shotgun with an attached scope.
The shotgun had been identified by conservation officers as being used by Howard while poaching deer, officials said.
Conservation officers executed a final search warrant Wednesday at an address in Cromwell. Conservation officers found a stolen handgun and the skull of what appeared to be a poached antlered deer. Kosciusko sheriff’s detectives identified the handgun as a missing piece of evidence from a large theft case that had occurred recently in Kosciusko County, officials said.
About two years ago, conservation officers learned of possible illegal hunting that had been occurring in and around Kosciusko County.
Officials concluded that a primary suspect, later determined to be Terry Howard, had been illegally taking deer at night throughout an area that covered two counties.
Conservation officers believed Howard had been involved in the illegal taking of several large antlered deer as early as 2016, officials said.