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Officials remind hunters to follow the law after Louisville man catches poacher

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's bow season in Indiana and Kentucky right now and firearms season starts in Indiana this weekend but already, officials say they've been catching people breaking the law.

Louisville resident and bow hunter Michael Woosley says he recently caught someone poaching deer near his property.

"All of a sudden I heard pow and one of them kind of lunged down and I saw a guy running up on the flood wall with a little rifle and I thought that was weird and when I asked what are you doing, he saw me and took off," Woosley told WDRB.

As a hunter, he said he takes illegal hunting very seriously so he immediately called the authorities.

"When you're shooting upwards on a hill side, that bullet can travel three miles and hit someone in the head and kill them," he said.

Woosley says people who don't follow the rules can ruin the sport for everyone else.

"You don't just walk around with a rifle trying to hunt deer with a .22," he said.

With firearms season opening November 15 in Indiana, Conservation Officer Jim Schreck said they're working sun up to sun down to ensure all hunters are playing by the rules.

"Incorrectly, it can lead to severe if not fatal consequences," Schreck said.

He also said one of the leading causes of accidents is hunters falling from tree stands.

"A lot of guys that are hunting, they're going up 15, 20, 25 feet up in the air and that's a long way. It may not seem like it but a fall from a tree stand, unfortunately can be fatal," he said.

But Schreck says identifying a target is the most important thing to remember while hunting.

"Once that bullet leaves the barrel, you can't take it back," he said.

To report poaching in Indiana, click here. To report poaching in Kentucky, click here.

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