MT: Area hunters punished for Montana violations
September 10, 2010
Area hunters punished for Montana violations
GLASGOW, Mont. - Hunters from Fond du Lac County have been convicted as
part of a multi-year investigation of illegal hunting activities in Montana.
The total amount of fines, bond and restitution collected in the case was
$17,416. The 12 defendants also lost a total of 63 years of hunting, fishing
and trapping privileges in the 34 states involved in the Interstate Wildlife
Violators Compact, according to a Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP)
The investigation was conducted by FWP Criminal Investigator Lennie
Buhmann and Savage, Mont.-based FWP Warden Randy Hutzenbiler.
The case revolved around Paul D. Leinen, 60, and James A. Leinen, 66,
both of Montana. The duo were loaning hunting licenses to non-resident
family members and friends so they could illegally kill big game animals.
The Leinens were charged with loaning a license to another person and
failing to properly validate a license. They were each fined $370 and lost
their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 10 years.
The two-year investigation, which also involved the North Dakota
Department of Game and Fish and the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, led to a search warrant being issued on vehicles and a private
residence along the Missouri River in Richland County.
Other defendants and their criminal case dispositions in Richland County
and Roosevelt County Justice Courts include:
-Scott Vercauteren, 37, and Lanna Vercauteren, 36, both of Campbellsport.
Lanna Vercauteren loaned a license to another person and forfeited $235
bond. Scott Vercauteren killed three mule deer bucks, a turkey and an
antelope without licenses, used other people's licenses and failed to
properly validate a license. The bond forfeited and restitution totaled
$5,040. Scott Vercauteren lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for three
- Scott Morenzien, 32, of Fond du Lac, possessed an unlawfully killed
mule deer buck. He was ordered to pay $1,035 and lost hunting privileges for
- Dennis G. Wittkopf, 67, and Scott D. Wittkopf, 32, both of Fond du Lac,
possessed two unlawfully killed white-tailed bucks and each paid $2,070.
Dennis Wittkopf lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two years.
- Tammy Wittkopf, also of Fond du Lac, possessed an unlawfully killed
white-tailed buck. She paid $1,035. Tammy and Scott Wittkopf each lost
privileges to hunt, fish and trap for 10 years.
- Larry Morenzien, 51, of Kewaskum, possessed an unlawfully killed
white-tailed buck and mule deer buck. He paid $2,070 and lost hunting
privileges for two years.
- Michael L. Leinen, 65, and Ron M. Leinen Jr., 40, both of West Bend,
were convicted. Michael Leinen used another person's license and killed a
white-tailed buck without a license. He was assessed $1,270 in bond
forfeiture and restitution.
- Ron M. Leinen Jr. used another person's license on two occasions and
possessed an unlawfully killed antelope. He forfeited a $1,005 bond. Both
men lost hunting privileges for two years.
- Clete C. Leinen, 70, of Fairmount, N.D., reached a plea agreement and
pleaded guilty to residency charges. He was fined $846 and lost his hunting
privileges for 10 years.
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