poaching

How Stupid Were These Poachers to Do What They Did?

Ever watch a television police drama and see the criminal do something that makes you think, “Duh, that wasn’t too smart. You’ll probably get caught for that mistake.” Yep, everyone makes mistakes. Ultimately, the stupid mistakes eventually catch up with you, as in the case of some poachers investigated and convicted...

Another State Joins Wildlife Violator Compact, 40 Now Members

Beginning July 1, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will become a part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The Compact is an agreement between member states that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses across state lines. Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved the effective date...

Thirteen Plead Guilty to Multiple Deer, Bear Violations

Game wardens with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recently wrapped up an important case that proves illegal hunting activity just isn’t worth the cost. In the landmark case – completed in October 2013 – a total of 73 wildlife violation charges were filed against 13 individuals who pleaded guilty in...

Man Arrested For Shooting Deer on College Property

A Michigan man has been charged with illegally killing a deer on property owned by the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Gregory Shaw, 40, of Taylor, Mich., was seen hunting on the Old Prisoner of War Camp owned by UAM. The land is east of Monticello on Arkansas Highway 35 and...

Massive Poaching Investigation Ends With Jail, Fines

A massive investigation into illegal hunting activities has resulted in jail sentences, fines and other penalties for more than two dozen in multiple states. “Operation Cimmaron” resulted in two outfitters selling hunts in Texas and more than two dozen hunters being prosecuted. The investigation began a decade ago following citations written...

Facebook Leads to Arrests of Four on Multiple Charges

Four Florida residents from Okaloosa and Walton counties are facing multiple charges for killing at least seven deer at night on Eglin Air Force Base, two of them large trophy bucks in velvet. Justin Leon Bailey (DOB 09/25/90), Niceville; William Cody Meakin (DOB 12/07/89), Mossy Head; and 16- and 17-year-old juveniles...

Poached Giant Costs Man How Much?

Jerry Kaster, 40, of Moravia, pleaded guilty and was assessed the maximum amount of $20,000 in liquidated damages for unlawfully killing of a trophy whitetail deer in Appanoose County. The case began with a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline on Dec. 2, 2010. According to the investigation, Kaster had...

Hotline Calls Lead to Conviction of Four on Multiple Wildlife Charges

Anonymous tips through a telephone hotline helped wildlife officials during an investigation into illegal hunting activities that resulted in multiple charges, convictions and penalties for four men. On Aug. 22, 2013, Joseph A. Benjamin, age 44, of Walpole, N.H., pled guilty in the New Hampshire 8th Circuit Keene District Court to...