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Montana's Powder River Outfitters Found Guilty of Violations

July 7, 2009.

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

A three-year-long investigation has led to the conviction of a licensed
Montana outfitter, a licensed Montana guide, and several non-resident hunting clients from Wisconsin, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Quebec, Canada.  

The defendant’s paid $5,595.00 in fines, restitution and court costs.              

“This case started during the fall of 2005 when three mule deer bucks were found wasted in a dumpsite near Polson, MT. and a spoiled mule deer buck was brought into Broadus Meats for processing. All of the deer had tags on them belonging to outfitter sponsored hunting clients of Powder River Outfitters,”said Lennie Buhmann, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Investigator.  

In addition, a two yearlong investigation by Montana Game Wardens discovered several violations by outfitted clients, including the killing of two antelope without valid licenses, the loan and transfer of licenses and archery clients hunting without valid archery licenses.

Information about the two unlawfully killed antelope, which were transported over state lines was turned over to Brian Lakes, Special Agent with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Officer Lakes issued a violation notice to outfitter Kenneth Greslin for violating the Lacey Act and he paid a fine of $2,025.00 in United States District Court.

Greslin was also cited in Powder River and Lewis & Clark County Justice Courts forseveral violations of an outfitter misrepresenting services to clients and for failing to submit complete and accurate records to the Montana Board of Outfitters.

“Problems were found within Greslin’s records, but the main problem was that none of the antelope taken by his clients were reported to the Board of Outfitters,” Buhmann said. It is unlawful for a licensed Montana outfitter to misrepresent the services they have provided to clients.  

Dan Guzynski from the Attorney General’s Office reviewed the case and filed the complaints in Powder River and Lewis & Clark County Justice Courts. The final result was a plea agreement where Greslin pled guilty to one count in each court. He paid a total of $1,070.00 in fines for the two convictions.

Jason Coulter, a Powder River Outfitter guide, Mark Fagerland from Wisconsin, Donald Gottstine and Ralph Ludwig from New York, Michael Cvrlje and Richard Jacobsen from New Jersey, David Parry from Texas and Paul Benjamin of Quebec, Canada were charged with Fish & Game violations and paid fines or forfeited bonds.

“The final results of these cases were achieved as a result of hundreds of man hours by several game wardens, the attorney general’s office and county prosecutors,” Buhmann said.

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