UPDATE: Brothers caught hunting out of season and with an illegal drug in their truck

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Hunting out of season can land you in jail.

Authorities say two brothers, one from Independence County and the other from Sharp County, were caught hunting out of season and with an illegal drug in their truck.

The incident happened late last Saturday night, Oct. 26. Arkansas Game & Fish Cpl. Jeremy Conner was on routine patrol when he came across a truck in the ditch at the end of a wooded area. Conner checked the woods and found the Mitchell brothers, Robert W. and Michael A., with flashlights looking around. Also arriving at the scene: Arkansas State Police Cpl. Dustin Carpenter, being dispatched to the vehicle in the ditch as a possible accident.

In the process of an investigation, the brothers had loaded hunting rifles in their vehicle with one of the rifles having been discharged with the shell jacket lying on the passenger-side floorboard. Officers also found a glass smoking device in plain view, lying on the truck’s center console and also a clear bag containing a “crystalline substance,” suspected to be methamphetamine, in the cupholder, according to the incident report.

The brothers were taken to jail and each was charged with felonies. Michael Andrew Mitchell (pictured, left), 54, of Sidney, Ark., was charged with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and hunting out of season, a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively.

Robert Mitchell (right), 59, of Independence County was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to use, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, hunting with rights suspended, and hunting out of season.

Robert Mitchell was placed on a $10,000 bond, and Michael Mitchell was put on a $2,500 bond.

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