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N. Ind. man could face charges for shooting fish

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Monday, May 13, 2013 - 9:19 am

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man who allegedly shot a 42-inch-long muskie with a bow and arrow could face formal charges for killing the fish.

Twenty-three-year-old Cory Barnett of Elkhart was cited by State Conservation officers with taking a game fish by an illegal method. The Elkhart County prosecutor's office is considering whether to formally charge Barnett in the incident.

The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/14b531x ) Barnett allegedly shot the fish May 4 in an Elkhart park and then took it to an out-of-state taxidermist to have it mounted.

The state Department of Natural Resources recovered the fish for its investigation.

Bow fishing is a legal fishing method in Indiana, but the only fish that may be kept while bow fishing are suckers, carp, gar, bowfin, buffalo or shad.