MT: Two plead guilty to hunting violations
May 7, 2010
Two Arizona men accused of illegally hunting big game on the Crow
Reservation admitted federal misdemeanors on Friday.
The men hunted with tribal members who said they take care of the
Appearing by video from Phoenix, Ariz., before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Carolyn Ostby, Larry Mackay, 64, and Don Aime, 68, pleaded guilty to hunting
without a license during the fall of 2006.
Ostby followed plea agreements and sentenced each defendant to one year
probation and fined each $4,000.
The men also lost their hunting and fishing privileges while on
probation. Ostby also ordered Mackay to forfeit a trophy bison mount.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Fehr said the hunts began in 2002, when
Elroy Nomee, an American Indian minister on the Crow Reservation, invited
Mackay and Aime to hunt. The Arizona men are associated with a ministry that
developed an affiliation with Nomee, he said.
Nomee and other tribal members gave Mackay and Aime assurances that
licenses and permission would be taken care of, Fehr said. Each year, the
men hunted deer, elk, buffalo and antelope.
No game was taken in 2002, but, in 2003, Aime shot a mule deer and the
party took several other deer. The meat was donated to tribal charities.
In 2004, the Crow Tribal chairman gave a letter to the Arizona men
allowing them to kill and take two bison. Carl Venne, now deceased, was
chairman at that time.
Tribal employees accompanied the men on a hunt in which both men killed a
bison, Fehr said. Aime killed another buffalo in 2005, but Mackay did not
hunt that year.
Both men returned in 2006, and their party, including Nomee and several
tribal members, killed several mule deer, Fehr said.
At no time did Mackay or Aime have a valid license from either the state
or tribe to hunt big game, Fehr said.
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