A West Lafayette, Indiana man is banned for life for poaching turkeys

A Tippecanoe County man accused of poaching wild turkeys in Indiana and up to six other states received Indiana’s first-ever lifetime hunting ban after a full criminal investigation.

Hanson Pusey, 25, of West Lafayette, was convicted last week in Warren County District Court after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charges of hunting without landowner’s consent, illegal taking of wild turkey and failing to record taking of wild turkey.

The case was being investigated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with fish and wildlife law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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A statement from IDNR said it was “the first life suspension of its kind in the state’s history.”