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Illegal Hunting Operation

Richland Center

Nov 11, 2005

It's being called the biggest illegal hunting case of its kind in Wisconsin.

Officials held a news conference in Richland Center Thursday to release details of the investigation that resulted in charges this week against 48 people from eleven states. They're accused of taking part in hunts in southwestern Wisconsin that violated many state regulations.

According to authorities, citizen complaints started in 2001 about illegal guided hunts for deer and turkey. A formal ivestigation continued for two years and included undercover agents posing as hunters, leading up to the charges now filed in state and federal courts.

A Blue River man and his business are accused of holding the hunts on land that they owned or leased in Iowa and Richland counties.

Among the alleged violations are hunting without licenses, npermits or stamps, hunting during closed season, shining and shooting deer at night, and baiting deer despite a ban against it to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease.


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