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
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
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.