GALESVILLE, Wisc. - The owner and an employee of Brush Ranch Outfitters have been charged with allegedly running an illegal deer hunting operation.

According to charges owner Travis Brush and Randall Hoff were involved in luring wild deer into a high-fenced captive deer farm with the intent to harvest trophy bucks. The fence was altered to allow wild deer to enter the captive farm.

The farm allowed customers to buy hunting opportunities year round. The two men were also charged in connection with using illegal bait and hunting with the wrong licenses.

The charges were filed after a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

People with information regarding natural resource violations in Wisconsin may confidentially report by calling or texting: Violation hotline: 1-800-847-9367.