State Wildlife Chief Under Investigation for Killing Turkey Over Bait

A tip to Ohio’s Turn-in-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline has led Game wardens to open an investigation into the actions of Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. The incident stems from an early season turkey hunt where Wecker was accused of killing a turkey within 50 yards of an active game feeder.

According to the Toledo Blade, Wecker was hunting on private property in Delaware County and allegedly harvested a wild turkey within 50 yards of a game feeder.

Ohio law states that it is “unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with the aid or use of bait.”

Sarah Wickham, communications chief for the ODNR, confirmed Thursday an allegation had been received and an investigation had been opened. She also states that as of yet there have been no charges filed against Wecker.

The allegation was reportedly made anonymously on the state’s Turn-in-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline and was allegedly made by an ODNR employee.

The Hunting News will keep you informed as the investigation plays out and we will update the story as more comes to light.