ID: Idaho poachers get 10-year hunting bans, fines
December 29, 2009
Idaho poachers get 10-year hunting bans, fines
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A pair of Boise men got 10-year hunting bans and must
pay thousands in penalties after pleading guilty in 4th District Court this
month to possession of 3 unlawfully taken elk.
Derek Smith, who is 41, must pay $240 in fines and court costs and
another $1,500 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He
also was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 160 days suspended and two years
Meanwhile, Joseph Eden, who is 38, must pay $240 in fines and $750 in
restitution. He also was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 165 suspended
and two years probation.
Fish and Game officers first nabbed Smith for failing to stop at a Fish
and Game check station along State Highway 21 in mid-October.
The ensuing investigation linked him to Eden, who was discovered by
officers in the process of butchering an illegally killed bull elk that
belonged to a large set of elk antlers seized from Smith's home.
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