Virginia man sentenced for hunting violations
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:35:54 am CDT
Beatrice Daily Sun staff
A Virginia man has been sentenced to five years’ probation and one
year of home detention in U.S. District Court for hunting violations in
Kent Hippen of Virginia was sentenced late last week in U.S. District
Court following a two-year investigation into hunting violations in
The sentence also included more than $25,000 in court-ordered
Hippen pleaded guilty in February to felony violations of a federal
law that prohibits guides from helping clients illegally kill wildlife.
Hippen and Paul Payton operated Nebraska Trophy Whitetails, a guiding
and outfitting service. Payton, who also has pleaded guilty, was
scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, The men were indicted after a
two-year covert investigation, known as Operation Stateline.
Presenting evidence in February, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Everett
said Hippen took an out-of-state client to a Nebraska field along the
Nebraska-Kansas border in April 2003.
The hunter killed three wild turkeys. The Nebraska limit at the time
was one, while Kansas had a two-turkey limit.
Hippen put a Nebraska tag on one bird and Kansas tags on the others,
making it appear that the client had shot one turkey in Nebraska and two
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced Hippen to five years’
probation and one year of home detention. He can farm and fish but is
prohibited from hunting, guiding or outfitting.
In lieu of a fine, Hippen must make a $20,000 contribution to the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is expected to pay half of
nearly $13,000 in reimbursement to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
for the costs of the investigation.
Hippen also must perform 100 hours of community service, such as
helping with hunter education classes.