BATH — Sheriff Jim Allard reports a recent joint operation between the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police conducted to promote safe hunting in Steuben County. Deputies teamed up with Environmental Conservation officers to educate and enforce hunting laws. The following arrests occurred during this joint effort:

Clarence E. Bange, 69 of Caton, was arrested for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator and two counts of failure to tag deer. Bange allegedly operated a vehicle while his license or operating privileges were suspended and he allegedly possessed two un-tagged deer in his vehicle. Bange was released on summons and will appear in Caton Town court.

Jeffery A. Drake, 52, of Jasper, was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license. Drake was allegedly observed afield actively hunting and did not possess a hunting license. He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Jasper Town Court.

Michael S. Ackroyd, 66, of Hornell, was arrested for lending a hunting license to a hunter. Ackroyd was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Bath Town Court.

Johnathan D.V. Pierson, 30, of Avoca, was arrested for possessing a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle. Pierson was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Howard Town Court.