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MN: two fish and game violations

Excerpted from The Bemidji Pioneer
July 5, 2009


Archie King Sr., 50, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor selling of game and fish. A second charge of gross misdemeanor selling of game and fish was dismissed. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 361 days are stayed for two years. He was given credit for four days served, placed on probation to the courts for two years, must pay a fine of $2,920 and not have any same or similar offenses.


In November 2007, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation officers received a call through the "Turn In Poachers" program that an individual had advertised that he had venison for sale. The advertisement stated he had an eight-point buck for sale for $150 and offered a fawn for free to the purchaser. Undercover officers called King, who confirmed on the telephone that he had deer meat for sale. King attempted to arrange the meeting on the Red Lake Reservation. The undercover officers expressed their concern that they might be arrested by tribal police and their vehicle and hunting gear forfeited. King agreed to meet them off the reservation at the junction of state Highway 72 and state Highway 1 in Beltrami County. King met with the agents at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 8, and agreed to sell the buck to the officer for $120. King informed the officers that he would have more deer for sale within a week. He went on to say that he could take and sell a trophy buck if he had an interested buyer. King also offered a doe for $60, the officer agreed to pay him $45. On June 27, 2008, it was learned that King was in the custody of the Morrison County Sheriff in relation to an illegal sale of game or fish in that county.

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