Deer Poacher Sends State $6K Check … 40 Years Later

In the late 1960s, red coats were still common attire for deer hunters. (Stump Sitters photo)

In the late 1960s, red coats were still common attire for deer hunters. (Stump Sitters photo)

The debate around the coffee shop table or deer camp card game sometimes goes like this: If you committed a wildlife violation and no one knew, would you turn yourself in or let it slide?

It’s a good question and because hunters are different, you get different responses. But a Montana man couldn’t stand his guilt of crimes he committed four decades ago and decided he’d try to make things right.

Washington outdoor writer Rich Lander reported in The Spokesman-Review that an unidentified Montana man sent $6,000 to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to pay for illegally killing three deer between 1967 and 1970.

The man called the department and asked what the penalty would be for killing illegally deer. He was told about $250 in the 1960s and up to about $2,000 today. He also was told the statute of limitations had expired.

A check arrived for $6,000 as a donation to the agency’s enforcement division.

“This doesn’t happen,” Mike Cenci, the agency’s deputy chief of enforcement, told the newspaper. “We do get donations, but if any were related to misdeeds or conscience, we’re not aware of it.”

Check out the full story here.

 

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