December 10, 2014

From BillingsGazette.com

MISSOULA — Claudette Johnson and Shannon Jennings pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of game meat, hunting without a license or accountability to that, and transfer of a license.

Both paid fines in the amount of $1,305, split the $8,000 restitution fee for illegally killing a trophy buck mule deer and lost their hunting privileges for 24 months.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Lou Royce was called by a landowner who complained that two hunters had trespassed on his property and killed a large mule deer buck.

A subsequent investigation showed that Jennings had actually killed the buck and the two had placed Johnson’s tag on it.

The warden is hoping for some help in solving a few other deer cases in the same area. There were three mule deer shot and left in the Rye Creek and Sleeping Child areas.

The incident in the Sleeping Child area occurred around Thanksgiving. The deer was killed, its head removed and the rest of the carcass left behind.

Two mule deer bucks were also killed earlier in the season in the Rye Creek area. In both cases, the deer were killed within a couple hundred yards of the road.

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