April 5, 2013

From KXLF.com

BILLINGS – Four members of a Hardin family have been ordered to pay more than $22,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to 18 charges of illegally killing wildlife in two Montana counties and one charge of illegal outfitting. They lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for a total of 24 years.

Paul A. Eschelman, 49, and his father, William J. Eschelman, 76, each paid $1,005 in fines in Petroleum County and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a cow elk and two counts each of illegal transfer of a license. Paul A. Eschelman also paid restitution of $1,000

Paul A. Eschelman also paid restitution of $1,000, and was ordered to pay $5,035 in fines and $10,000 in restitution and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 15 years after pleading guilty to nine poaching crimes in Bighorn County. He also pleaded guilty to outfitting without a license.

Jarred M. Eschelman, 19, Paul A. Eschelman’s son, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of white-tailed deer, mule deer and antelope bucks. He was ordered to pay $1,535 in fines and $1,500 in restitution and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years.

Danielle R. Eschelman, 39, Paul A. Eschelman’s wife, pleaded guilty to possession of an illegally killed moose.

She was fined $1,035 and lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 2 years.

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