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AZ: Verde Valley man gets jail for hunting violations

Verde Valley man gets jail for hunting violations

The Daily Courier
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Verde Valley man's hunting days may be over.

Prescott Justice Court Judge Arthur Markham sentenced Benjamin Scott on Dec. 15 to 10 days in jail, three years of unsupervised probation, $600 in jail fees, $250 for possession of an unlawfully taken mule deer, $250 for using someone else's big game tag and 40 hours of community restitution for a nonprofit organization, according to Tom Cadden, Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman.

Scott has had revocation cases come before the Arizona Game and Fish Commission seven times and as a result, already is facing a total of $7,000 for the loss of wildlife to the state, and the state has suspended his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for a total of 38 years.

Because Arizona is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact with 32 other states and seven Canadian provinces, he won't be able to hunt in any of those states or provinces either, Cadden said.

Scott still must appear before the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for additional punishment, which could include an additional $8,000 in restitution for the state's loss of the trophy mule deer and an additional five years added on to his license suspension.

For the past two years, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has been investigating Scott. He recently was assessed court fines in Coconino and Yavapai counties that totaled $4,220 for violations of wildlife laws.

Scott still has one case pending in Yavapai County and, if convicted, may face an additional $1,500 assessment for the loss of wildlife to the state in that case. He also could face a permanent loss of his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges.

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