A Chippewa Falls man was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into deer poaching in the area.
Travis M. Ruf, 32, was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his residence on Warren Street. Wardens from the Department of Natural Resources were assisted by Chippewa Falls Police.
According to the warrant, in the 2012-13 archery season, authorities believe Ruf killed at least three bucks and one doe illegally.
A copy of the search warrant said DNR wardens had been investigating tips that Ruf had been poaching a large number of deer and using other people’s tags to register them.
A warden contacted Ruf on Jan. 4 while Ruf was hunting in Lake Hallie and asked him about his hunting in the 2012-13 archery deer season. Ruf said he had killed two deer, though state records show he registered four.
Further investigation showed Ruf tagged at least two deer he shot with two other people’s tags. Ruf said his son had shot a buck, but a text message photo sent from his phone indicated that Ruf had shot the deer. Ruf also admitted to using a friend’s tag on his own deer on a different hunt.
Text messages also show that Ruf had asked others if Ruf could use their tags to shoot deer.
As a result of the search warrant, investigators seized Ruf’s cell phone, a Bowtech Destroyer 340 compound bow, arrows and razor broadhead tips, photos, maps of hunting locations, and deer antlers and meats, among other items.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and charges are pending against Ruf.