Elk Poached in Montana

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  1. JDK

    JDK Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

    May 21, 2004
    Brothers charged with poaching elk in Montana
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    Two brothers face 16 charges for poaching eight bull elk from 2006 to 2016 on 3 Bar Ranch in Montana. James Stephen Page and William Thomas Page, both 32, of California are charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors; seven of the eight bulls were trophy quality, according to the Great Falls Tribune.

    “The Pages are accused of serious crimes that should concern all sportsmen and sportswomen in Montana,” Game Warden Shawn Briggs told the Great Falls Tribune. “Our team worked very hard to bring these two men to justice.”

    Under state law, bulls that score more than 320” based upon the Boone & Crockett scoring system and have at least six points are considered trophy animals; those convicted of poaching one face felony charges. Briggs says that “the largest bull scored 365.”

    According to the investigation, the brothers hunted the 3 Bar Range without permission with the intention to illegally kill trophy bulls. Officers say that James Page also tampered with evidence by cutting “the antlers off two trophy bull elk” and throwing them in a pond, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

    Both men, who have pleaded not guilty to any of the charges and are waiting for a trial date, face expensive fines, jail time and the loss of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for life if found guilty.

    “FWP’s thorough investigation revealed repeated illegal conduct by the Page brothers,” says Fergus County Attorney Kent Sipe. “My office takes this conduct seriously, which is evidenced by the charges we filed.”
  2. theduckguru

    theduckguru Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Facing charges dating 2006-2016? Not likely.
  3. Phytoplankton

    Phytoplankton Elite Refuge Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    If convicted I hope they throw the book at them. Anything less than big fines and permanent loss of hunting privileges would be a travesty of justice. Behavior like theirs only helps fuel the antis and PETA types, not to mention it reflects poorly on the great majority of sportsmen that follow the rules.

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