Beaufort News

Four men charged with illegal hunting

Four men found with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and two spotlights in a truck on Sawmill Creek Drive in Bluffton just before 11 p.m. Saturday were arrested for hunting on a public road, a violation of South Carolina wildlife laws, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

DNR officers stopped the truck, which was moving at a very slow speed, and found the evidence that suggested the men were hunting on public property without the required authorization, said Sgt. Michael Paul Thomas of the department's law enforcement branch. The men admitted they were out hunting for deer, Thomas said.

The truck was towed, the gun and spotlights confiscated and the four men arrested on misdemeanor charges, Thomas said.