August 13, 2014

From RavalliRepublic.com

KALISPELL – Dillan Erickson was fined $4,820, must pay $2,000 more in restitution to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years for poaching deer in the Whitefish area. He was also sentenced to six months in jail, but the jail sentence was suspended.

Game wardens said most of the deer were shot at night by poachers using artificial lights and left to rot.

Erickson pleaded guilty to four counts of hunting during a closed season, four counts of waste of a big-game animal and four counts of unlawful possession-transportation. He initially faced 81 charges in the case.

Earlier this year, Chase Wilson, Tyler Kellar and Paul West also pleaded guilty in the case. They, and Erickson, were all 19 or 20 years old when they were charged last year.

The four defendants were fined a total of $16,435 and lost their privileges to hunt, trap and fish for a combined 51 years. The four men also lost hunting, trapping and fishing privileges in 42 more states during that period.

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