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Six Elk Poachers Sentenced in Idaho
September 17, 2009.
From Idaho Fish and Game:
Six men — four from Idaho, one from Pennsylvania and one from Arkansas — have been sentenced on elk poaching charges, following a two-year investigation.
In August 2007, Idaho Fish and Game received several reports from landowners in the Pahsimeroi Valley of a group of elk hunters using illegal and unethical hunting methods.
The reports initiated a two-year investigation that resulted in the seizure of five illegal elk and the prosecution of six individuals with 24 misdemeanor counts in Bingham, Lemhi and Custer counties.
The case was wrapped up in July.
Charged and prosecuted in the case were Gary L. Ward of Blackfoot, Gary D. Ward of Fort Hall, William L. Mathews of Blackfoot, John D. McLean of Pocatello, Darrell D. Ward of Fayetteville, Pa., and Charles N. Sexton of Flippin, Ark.
The group was involved in hunting in closed areas, transferring tags, purchasing resident licenses while residing outside of Idaho, hunting without the proper tag, killing elk in excess of the bag limits, and hunting with the use of motorized vehicles.
Gary L. Ward was sentenced to 10 days in jail, fined $2,082 and loss of hunting and fishing privileges for nine years.
Charles N. Sexton was fined $990 and loss of hunting privileges for two years. Gary D. Ward was fined $652 and loss of hunting privileges for two years. Darrel Ward was fined $418 and loss of hunting privileges for one year. William L. Mathews was fined $338 and loss of hunting privileges for one year. John D. McLean was fined $333.
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