Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2005

Rock Springs poacher gets $10,000 fine, 5-year hunting suspension

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - A man convicted of poaching a buck mule deer was ordered to pay more than $14,000 in fines, restitution and court costs.

Dustin W. Moses, 24, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail. Circuit Court Judge Victoria Schofield suspended the jail time, but revoked Moses' hunting privileges for five years and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine, $4,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and $30 in court costs.

Authorities said Moses took an adult mule deer from a southwest Wyoming hunting area in October 2003 without the proper permits and several days before hunting was allowed in the area.

Moses told investigators he had taken the deer elsewhere, and took them to a gut pile. But investigators used DNA evidence to show the deer in Moses' possession was the poached deer.

Moses was convicted in July 2004, but wasn't sentenced until almost a year later.

AP-WS-07-30-05 1847EDT

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