Police: 4 men arrested for hunting in preserve

2 deer shot by foursome in Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area near Edinburgh

Four Indianapolis men were arrested Tuesday after officers said they were illegally hunting deer in a Johnson County wildlife preserve.

Za Hmun, 29, Peter Linn, 25, Tawk Hmung, 31, and Tei Ling, 30, were arrested on a charge of unlawful taking of deer. Ling was also arrested on a charge of hunting from a roadway. Unlawful taking of deer is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

The four men shot two deer and were hunting for more around 7 p.m. in the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area in southern Johnson County, off U.S. 31, near Edinburgh, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lt. Angela Goldman said.

The wildlife area covers 5,000 acres. Hunting deer is allowed on the property with an additional permit, but deer hunting season ended Jan. 1, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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A security guard at the nearby Camp Atterbury military base called DNR and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office after he heard two gunshots and saw a truck driving away, she said.

A deputy found Ling in the truck, driving back and forth along Hospital Road. He was initially cited for firing a weapon in an unauthorized manner after telling the deputy he had been shooting a tree after the Atterbury firing range had closed, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The three other men were found when the security guard from Camp Atterbury saw them walking near where the shooting had occurred and again alerted police. Officers found the men, along with a deer that had been shot, the report said.

Hmun, 7852 Rea Road, Apt. 124; Hmung, 322 Viewland Road; Linn, 7802 Rear Road, Apt. 154; and Ling, 3639 Country Walk Circle, were arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail. Hmun and Hmung were held on $1,000 bond. Ling was released on $500 bond. Linn was released on $250 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.