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Men Sentenced For 3 Years of Poaching

KSAL Staff - September 27, 2015 7:43 am

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism photo

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism photo

An Emporia man, and two men from Arkansas were sentenced this month for wildlife crimes.

According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism the men were sentenced for poaching activities that spanned three years, beginning in 2011 and ending in 2013.

The poachers were charged with taking turkey and deer without permits or licenses, felony trophy deer violations, exceeding bag limits, hunting in a closed season, spotlighting, commercialization of wildlife, and failing to tag big game and turkey.

The Arkansas residents received:

  • Approximately $3,200 each in fines and court costs.
  • They are prohibited from obtaining licenses or permits in Kansas or any compact states for one year.
  • They area prohibited from hunting in Kansas, licensed or otherwise, for a period of 5 years.
  • They were given 30 days jail time and put on probation for 12 months.

The Kansas man received:

  • $2,188 dollars in fines and court costs.
  • He was suspended from obtaining licenses or permits in Kansas or compact states.
  • He was given 30 days jail time and put on probation for a year.

Kansas has a hunter involved program to help fight poachers like this. Operation Game Thief is a program that provides a toll-free number for anyone witnessing wildlife-related violations to call immediately and make a report. All calls received are immediately relayed to the natural resource officer nearest the violation. The line is available anytime of day or night, every day of the year, and callers may remain anonymous. The number to call is 1-877-426-3843.

Warren Fair

September 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

The fines are not nearly enough. It should have been jail time not probation. Come on KDWPT these are our natural resources lets get tough when these laws are broken. Were their firearms taken?

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