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Poacher Hit with Lifetime Ban for Felony Convictions

Hunters often say “that guy should be put in prison!” for a game violation, or something along those lines including jail, prison, heavy fines, loss of hunting rights or other penalties. Wyoming has tugged on the heartstrings of some of those folks by making poaching a felony. It didn’t take too long for someone...

Poaching is a problem throughout the United States. Ohio DNR wildlife officer John Zientek in Huron County displays antlers from a poaching case. Boone and Crockett Club is working with several states in a new program called Poach and Pay that helps set fines for poaching.

New ‘Poach and Pay’ Program Getting Strong Support

MISSOULA, Mont. – Poaching is a crime committed by thieves — not hunters. Those who share in the Boone and Crockett Club’s long support of sustainable-use conservation want those thieves punished accordingly. A 2015 research study by the Boone and Crockett Club found that 92.6 percent of sportsmen support higher fines for those convicted...

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Alleged Poachers Busted After Leaving Heads by Their Garage

If you’re going to do dumb stuff then you better be smart about it, and it appears two men with bad intent on their minds didn’t heed that advice. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers charged two Washington County men with numerous hunting related violations and misdemeanors after discovering a collection of...

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More than Seventy Violations? Yes, That’s What This Poacher Had!

Delaware’s DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers concluded an investigation into illegal deer hunting March 1 with the arrest of a New Castle County man for illegal weapons possession charges along with numerous charges related to the illegal take of at least 14 deer during the state’s 2015/16 deer season. James...

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Double-Dipping Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

A deer poaching case involving a distinctive vehicle, an alert citizen, and a groundswell of public interest has concluded with fines and license suspensions for a Roosevelt, Utah man. A Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) call started it all. In early November of 2014, a concerned citizen called the CAP hotline to report what he thought...

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Poachers Banned for Life After Multiple Violations

Two Tennessee men have been banned from hunting in 44 states for the rest of their lives, fined thousands of dollars and are sentenced to community service for numerous poaching violations in the most severe penalties handed out in the state wildlife agency’s history. Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert violated dozens of state wildlife regulations...

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Deer Trafficking Conviction Results in Record $1.6 Million Fine

Benjamin N. Chason has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution, the largest sum of money ordered of an individual to pay for a wildlife crime in the United States, following his guilty plea in U.S. District Court. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court for three charges related...

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He Killed Almost 40 Deer Illegally, Gets Six Weeks in Jail and Fines

Sentencing was administered to a young poacher for killing approximately 40 deer last autumn and winter just because he wanted to do it. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say Joshua D. Peterson, of Mondovi, killed almost 40 deer with a rifle and let them lay where they died. He did this last autumn and winter....

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Four Busted for Illegal Deer, License Violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four people in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes for alleged deer hunting violations on August 18. LDWF agents cited Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, 22, and Donald J. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, and Maegan C. Chavers, 25, of Liberty, Miss.,...

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Arrests Made Following Multi-State Poaching Investigation

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement has announced court action in three separate wildlife cases in Calhoun County, Illinois. Two cases were a result of joint efforts with the Illinois Conservation Police and wildlife officers in multiple states. After a six-month investigation in multiple Illinois counties and eight other...