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Poached mule deer in Lehmi County.
Trespassing Poachers Receive Stiff Sentences

December 2014

Two men who trespassed to poach deer in Lemhi County won’t be legally hunting in Idaho anytime soon.

On December 7, 2014, conservation officers received a trespass call from a landowner near the town of Lemhi Idaho, who said hunters had trespassed and shot a deer in their field. The suspects fled the scene with the deer, but were caught by conservation officers on Hwy 33 near I-15. When officers looked in vehicles they found the mule deer from the trespassing complaint, and parts and pieces of four other deer adding up to five total animals for only four hunters. Officers discovered multiple violations in addition to the trespassing, including tagging violations, taking mule deer during closed season, possession of unlawfully taken deer, failing to leave evidence of sex and species naturally attached to the carcass and purchase of a wrong class license. The majority of the deer meat was seized, and DNA samples were taken to determine their species as the mule deer season was closed.

At the hunters’ abandoned camp officers found three of the deer carcasses. One had only the hind quarters and back-straps removed, while the rest of the meat was left to waste. Officers were unable to locate the fifth deer carcass at that time, but suspected another mule deer had been taken, based on the size of the hind-quarters. Further investigation revealed one hunter was a non-resident who had purchased resident licenses and tags. Officers also learned that same suspect killed a mountain lion in 2009 without a tag.

An eventual confession led officers to the carcass of the other mule deer which was taken in the closed season. The suspects had dumped it along the Salmon River, and had left most of the meat, including both front shoulders, to waste.

All four men pleaded guilty and received the following sentences:

Chad Anderson of Heber City, Utah: Unlawfully taking two or more big game animals within a 12 month period, Wasteful destruction of game, purchase of wrong class licenses and trespassing.
- License Revocation: 7 years
- Total Fines/ Fees/Restitution: $2,634
- Jail: 180 days with 177 suspended for each charge
- Probation: 2 years Community service: 40 hours
Jessie Jolley of Rupert, Idaho: Trespassing on cultivated private property and taking a mule deer during the closed season.
- License Revocation: 5 years
- Total Fines/ Fees/Restitution: $1,152
- Jail: 180 days all suspended
- Community service: 20 hours
- Probation: 2 years
Kim Jolley of Rupert, Idaho: Possession/transportation of unlawfully taken wildlife.
- Total Fines/Fees/ Restitution: $940
- License Revocation: 1 year
- Jail: 180 days all suspended
- Probation: 1 year
Bret Peterman Paul, Idaho: Failing to leave evidence of sex and/or species naturally attached to carcass.
- $72 in fines/fees
Powered parachute
Powered parachute.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Violation!

October 2014 - News Release by Gregg Losinski, Regional Conservation Educator, Upper Snake Region

Man and his technology have come a long way since Idaho became a state. Hunting today is not about survival, it’s about pursuing a form of recreation, a sport. Like all sports, hunting has its rules. In mid-October of this year, Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) conservation officers came across three individuals who attempted to use a combination of modern technologies to gain an unfair advantage in their pursuit of wild game. Their actions not only violated the concept of fair chase, but also violated a number of actual hunting regulations.

On October 18, 2014, Senior Conservation Officers Tim Klucken and Josh Leal responded to reports of a powered parachute flying low over the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). On the way to the WMA, officers could hear someone giving location instructions about deer over the FRS radio. The officers were able to make contact with Jake Tanner and Neil Wood who were carrying shotguns and admitted that they had been communicating with the person in the powered parachute about locating deer. It also turned out that Tanner lacked a tag to hunt deer.

Upon further investigation, officers were able to determine that the individual in the powered parachute, Braxton Tomlinson, was trying to locate deer hiding in the reeds of the WMA marsh and then communicate their location by radio to Tanner and Woods, who were on the ground. Use of aircraft to locate wildlife and communicating information to someone on the ground is against Idaho Code and specifically mentioned on page 97 of the 2014 Big Game Regulations.

In Jefferson County Court, all three pleaded guilty and were fined $500 with $400 suspended, plus court costs, sentenced to 10 days in jail, suspended. Judge Crowley also sentenced them to one year unsupervised probation and revocation of hunting for one year.

To learn more about the concept of fair chase, visit the website of Orion The Hunter’s Institute at www.huntright.org.


 

Idaho is a member of the Wildlife Violator Compact, which means that if an individual’s hunting, fishing or trapping license is revoked by any of the 42 member states; all the remaining states will revoke the same license or privilege for the same time period.

Anyone with information about a wildlife violation are encouraged to “Make the Call” and contact the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous, and they may be eligible for a reward.

 

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