MT: outfitter fined for trying to make hunter look bad
Aug 12, 2009
Montana Disciplines Outfitter In Hunting Dispute
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ― The Montana Board of Outfitters has fined a
Wyoming outfitter $400 for harassing a Montana hunter on state land.
Cole Benton, owner of Grizzly Outfitters in Buffalo, Wyo., was
disciplined despite findings by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and
Parks and the Big Horn County Attorney's office that no charges were
Benton says the board was trying to make him look bad.
It all stems from a 2007 incident where hunters near Hanging Woman Creek
shot a mule deer buck on state land, only to be confronted by Benton, who
has leased hunting rights on surrounding private land for years.
He told them they'd trespassed, something the outfitter board determined
amounted to interfering with a lawful hunt.
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