TN: Man's hunting/fishing license suspended 20 years
April 28, 2010
Man's hunting/fishing license suspended 20 years
DALTON - A Cleveland, Tenn., man charged last week by the state
Department of Natural Resources with violation of fishing regulations in
Murray County has had his hunting and fishing license suspended for 20 years
in 34 states, officials said.
Kurt Wesley Ellis, 31, of 7249 Highway 60, was charged Thursday by the
DNR with possession of illegally taken wildlife (misdemeanor), violation of
the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact/fishing license suspended
(misdemeanor) and false statements (felony).
Cpl. Casey Jones with DNR said Ellis' hunting and fishing license was
previously suspended by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) for
"multiple violations over several years." Jones did not know what those
violations were and a representative with TWRA couldn't immediately be
reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
"That's the first time I have seen anyone that was suspended for 20
years," said Jones, who made the arrest. "Usually suspensions will be one to
three years that I've seen throughout my career. First time that I have
dealt with somebody that had that long of a time period so it had to be
The TWRA suspended Ellis' hunting and fishing license. Since Georgia and
Tennessee are among 34 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in
member states, illegal activities in one state can affect a person's hunting
or fishing privileges in all participating states.
Ellis bought a fishing license on April 7 under a false first name, Jones
said. The false statements charge stems from Ellis signing his license
knowing it wasn't under his name. Ellis, two other adults and three
juveniles were fishing in the Holly Creek area. Jones said the DNR received
a complaint about the group through a DNR poaching hotline. When Jones
arrived and investigated, he found Ellis had caught three trout, which Jones
Concerning people obtaining a hunting or fishing license under a false
name, Jones said he "wouldn't say it's common, but we run into it." He said
he sees that violation more with people in the country illegally because of
the papers needed to get a license, including a driver's license and Social
"I can't say what his intent is, that's in his head," Jones said. "But he
had been in a whole lot of trouble over the past several years and it looked
to us like he was trying to avoid being detected or kind of showing up on
our screen, which he did anyway.".
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