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The South Bend Tribune reported that Ronnie Dunn was in South Bend, Ind. earlier this week testifying in a strange Federal court case about an illegal deer hunt. Russ Bellar is facing 38 federal counts for allegedly allowing clients to shoot deer that had been drugged and penned. The prosecution alleges as many as 50 of these illegal hunts took place. The indictment charges that Mr. Bellar and his former property manager, Hinds Thomas Jones, used Bellar's farm to allow unlicensed hunters to use illegal weapons and bait to hunt bucks. Customers allegedly paid thousands of dollars to the defendants, with celebrities like Ronnie and TV host Jimmy Houston, taking part in hunts for promotional purposes. South Bend's WSBT-TV reports that Ronnie told jurors about his hunting trips to Bellar's farm in Peru, Indiana. Jones has already pleaded guilty and will testify against Bellar. Bellar and Jones are accused of committing conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, a 1900 federal law that protects wildlife from being killed improperly and shipped across state lines.