Adults ticketed after ECOs say teens hunting illegally

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TOWN OF CROGHAN — Two adults were ticketed after a pair of teenagers were found hunting using illegal means in Lewis County, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Authorities said Environmental Conservation Officer Tim Worden was on patrol at about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 7 when he heard several gunshots near Old State and Resha roads. Authorities said the officer found a pickup truck and a tractor stopped on a farm road.

Inside the pickup was an adult male and a 14-year-old boy, and inside the tractor was another adult male and a 15-year-old boy, authorities said. Their identities were not released.

Authorities said the teens had been using the pickup truck to drive around looking for coyotes on farm property. Then, after getting the truck stuck and calling for help, authorities said the pair shot and killed a porcupine.

Both adults were charged with using artificial lights from the vehicle while possessing an unsecured firearm, and one of the adults was charged with allowing a minor to hunt without supervision, authorities said.

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