FWP arrests two men following three-year investigation

February 10, 2011

Two men were arrested Thursday on a total of 25 misdemeanor and felony counts involving alleged illegal hunting activities, after a three-year investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

John Lindow of Craig and Steve Bruyere of Stickney Creek face charges of shooting deer and elk at night after locating them with artificial lights; hunting without landowner permission, valid licenses and from public highways; unlawful possession and sale of game animals; and conspiracy. They were jailed in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

“At the beginning (of the investigation) it was illegal outfitting – fishing – that spun into the hunting season,” said Jim Kropp, chief of FWP law enforcement. “Most of the activities took place at night, with most beginning before the (big game) season started and continuing after the season was over.”

He added that most of the animals involved were mule deer and elk, although they’re also looking into the circumstances surrounding a bighorn sheep the men possessed.

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