One local resident recently found out the hard way that there are certain places and times that hunting with a firearm is not allowed.
Jonathan Henry Brock, 35, Dawsonville, was arrested by the Georgia DNR at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 for hunting without permission on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property at Dawson County’s War Hill Park without permission.
Brock was charged with hunting without a license, hunting without a big game license, hunting on lands of another, hunting deer without fluorescent orange and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Nobody is permitted to hunt on that property.
Current Georgia hunting regulations can be found at the following link:
According to a DNR arrest report, a DNR game warden received a call the morning of Jan. 9 from Georgia State Patrol about someone walking around the Army Corps property at the park wearing camouflage and in possession of a rifle.
The DNR warden arrived, talked to the complainant and asked another officer to assist in locating the individual in question.
Brock was located around 9:15 a.m. walking on the ridge toward his War Hill Park Road residence. He complied with requests to stop walking, put the .223 rifle down and show his hands. When asked what he was doing on the property, Brock told the warden that he’d been looking for a doe he’d shot at and injured earlier in the morning.
He then complied with the request to unload the rifle. He also stated that he was following the blood trail of the deer but lost sight of the trail.
Later that morning, Brock walked the two wardens to the area from which he shot the doe, stating that that location was on his property. However, it was determined that the doe had been on U.S. Army Corps property when Brock took the shot.
Brock later admitted to failing to pass a background check when he went to purchase a firearm.
A K9 unit was called to help locate the shell casing from Brock’s rifle and the wounded doe. Brock was told to return to his home while officers conducted a search.
A subsequent background check found that Brock was a convicted felon and was not supposed to have any guns.
Just after 12:30 p.m., Brock was called back to the boat ramp area and arrested. The Remington 700 model .223 rifle was seized and subsequently turned in as evidence to the regional DNR office in Gainesville.
Brock’s bond lists that he needs to see a judge for the firearm possession by a convicted felon count.