A Wisconsin man has lost his hunting privileges for 35 years after being convicted of numerous wildlife violations in Montana.
From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
LIVINGSTON, Mont.˜ A Park County judge fined a Wisconsin man $12,000, ordered him to pay $3,500 in restitution and suspended his hunting privileges for nearly 35 years for hunting violations in Montana. An attorney for 57-year-old John J. Dziaduch said her client plans to appeal. The Livingston Enterprise reports Dziaduch was sentenced Monday by Justice of the Peace Linda Budeski. In December, Budeski found Dziaduch guilty of 23 misdemeanor hunting violations spanning from 2004 to 2010. The offenses included making false statements when applying for or obtaining numerous resident hunting permits as well as unlawful possession of an unlawfully killed black bear and antelope buck.
Both Montana and Wisconsin are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact, which means if this guy loses his appeal, he won’t be hunting in some 37 states for a very, very long time.
Thoughts? Slaps on the wrist for egregious poaching violations is a longstanding (and legitimate) complaint from sportsmen, but in this case do you think the punishment was adequate?