Nov 11, 2005
It's being called the biggest illegal hunting case of its kind in
Officials held a news conference in Richland Center Thursday to
release details of the investigation that resulted in charges this week
against 48 people from eleven states. They're accused of taking part in
hunts in southwestern Wisconsin that violated many state regulations.
According to authorities, citizen complaints started in 2001 about
illegal guided hunts for deer and turkey. A formal ivestigation
continued for two years and included undercover agents posing as
hunters, leading up to the charges now filed in state and federal
A Blue River man and his business are accused of holding the hunts on
land that they owned or leased in Iowa and Richland counties.
Among the alleged violations are hunting without licenses, npermits
or stamps, hunting during closed season, shining and shooting deer at
night, and baiting deer despite a ban against it to prevent spread of
chronic wasting disease.
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