LAPORTE COUNTY | A Valparaiso man and a Michigan man were charged earlier this month with hunting illegally at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
On Nov. 16, a National Park Service ranger on patrol in the Pinhook Bog area found a Valparaiso man in an illegal tree stand 150 yards inside the park boundary, according to a news release from the park service. The man allegedly had a compound bow, several arrows, a hunting knife and other hunting gear.
He was charged with hunting in the park and possession of a weapon in the park.
The day before, National Park Service rangers found a Buchanan, Mich., man hunting in a tree stand about 75 yards inside the park boundaries near Mount Baldy, according to the release. Rangers discovered an illegal tree stand and bait site several weeks earlier and were conducting surveillance on the area.
Rangers found the man with a compound bow, arrows, hunting knife, gallon jug of molasses and corn cobs, the release stated.
The Michigan man was charged with hunting in the park, feeding wildlife and possession of a weapon in the park. Rangers also contacted the Indiana Department of Natural Resources because the man did not have a valid Indiana hunting license, the release stated.
Hunting within the National Lakeshore is prohibited under federal law. Anyone caught hunting there may be charged with violations up to and including felonies. Violators are subject to seizure and forfeiture of all equipment, may be required to appear before a U.S. magistrate and are subject to a maximum fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail for each offense.
Officials ask that any such activity be reported to (800) PARK-TIP. Callers may remain anonymous.