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Man loses hunting privileges for gunning down moose

The Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2005

BISMARCK, N.D.

A Parshall man has lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for six years for illegally shooting two bull moose.

A jury convicted Monte Billadeau on Tuesday of hunting big game without a license and aiding in the concealment of unlawfully taken big game, McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson said.

Billadeau, a former hunting safety instructor, also was ordered to pay $250 in court costs and $2,000 to the Report All Poachers tip program, Erickson said. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended, he said.

Billadeau's son, Ryan Billadeau, was acquitted of a single charge of aiding in the concealment of illegally taken big game by the same McLean County jury.

A third man was convicted in Fort Berthold Tribal Court last month. Eugene "Sonny" Brugh, of New Town, was fined $1,350 and lost his hunting privileges for one year for his role in gunning down the two bull moose near Roseglen last October. Brugh is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

A state game warden said the men drove beside the running animals while Monte Billadeau fired out the passenger window and Brugh fired out the driver's side.

McLean County deputies stopped the men west of the scene. Two rifles and a long-barrel Uzi were found in the pickup, authorities said.

The moose meat was donated to the Parshall Resource Center.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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