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MT: Man accused of illegally hunting deer near Helena

November 17, 2009

CA Man accused of illegally hunting deer near Helena

A 48-year-old California man accused of illegally hunting deer near Wolf Creek north of Helena faces several charges.

Joseph R. Bishop was arrested Saturday on four counts of hunting without a valid license, four counts of unlawful possession of a game animal and one count of hunting in the wrong district.

Wildlife officials say someone tipped them off that there was an untagged mule deer hanging in front of a cabin in the Denton Creek area. A game warden went to the cabin and allegedly found Bishop and another man with a freshly killed untagged whitetail doe.

Court documents say Bishop, of Shasta Lake, Calif., acknowledged killing the doe and told the warden he was planning to document it with a tag that was not valid for that district. The documents also say he acknowledged killing the deer hanging in front of the cabin.

Wildlife officials say Bishop killed other deer and used another man's tags on them. No one else has been cited.

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