Montana hunting violations
September 10, 2010
Outfitter pleads guilty to 9 offenses, loses privileges
Malta-based hunting outfitter Larry L. Olson, 60, has pleaded guilty to
nine misdemeanor counts of baiting game animals with supplemental feeds and
two misdemeanor counts of submitting false and inaccurate client logs.
In a plea agreement with the state of Montana entered in Phillips County
Justice Court, Olson acknowledged that he aided and abetted illegal
hunting-related activities committed by members of a Minnesota family that
owns a ranch south of Malta. Olson also was found to have submitted false
records to the Montana Board of Outfitters in 2007 and 2008.
The landowners were convicted earlier this year for illegally baiting big
game animals, hunting without licenses and/or permits, improper outfitting
and other wildlife-related crimes. Olson was the license sponsor for the
Olson was ordered to surrender his outfitting license and forfeited any
future right to work as an outfitter or guide in Montana. He was also given
a three-year suspended sentence with the conditions that he forfeit
ownership in property seized during the warrant searches; not accompany
hunters in Montana during his suspended sentence; pay $1,985 in fines and
lose his Montana hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.
A Kremlin-area man has been sentenced in connection with the
out-of-season killing of six antelope.
Cody J. Meltzian, 18, pleaded guilty on Aug. 23 in Hill County Justice
Court to 12 misdemeanor criminal counts in connection with the poaching of
six antelope north of Kremlin and Gildford.
Meltzian pleaded guilty to six counts of hunting during a closed season
and six counts of wasting antelope meat. Justice of the Peace Terry Stoppa
ordered Meltzian to pay $2,820 in fines and $1,800 in restitution.
In addition, Meltzian is required to serve 30 days in jail and will lose
all hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for five years in all 34
states involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
3 antelope killed
Two California men have been sentenced for illegally killing three
antelope in the Gildford area during the 2007 hunting season.
Mack Jones, 59, of Palm Springs, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor
count of killing an antelope buck without a license.
Jones was recently ordered by Hill County Justice of the Peace Terry
Stoppa to pay a $535 fine and $500 in restitution. Jones also lost his
hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for two years in all 34 states
involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
Another Palm Springs man, Eric J. Urban, 47, was charged with killing an
antelope buck without a license at the same private property south of
Gildford during the 2007 season. Urban also was charged with a misdemeanor
count of "accountability for the conduct of another" for allowing his
teenage son to kill an additional antelope buck without having a valid
Court records show Urban paid a $1,070 fine and $1,000 in restitution and
lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for two years in all
wildlife compact states. All three antelope bucks were recovered in
California and returned to Montana. "The apprehending of Jones and Urban was
made possible when a concerned citizen contacted the local warden and
expressed his concern that antelope bucks might have been killed and were
likely tagged with Region 7 doe tags," said Lennie Buhmann, Fish, Wildlife
and Parks criminal investigator.
"Without the help of concerned citizens, violations like these would
often go undetected."
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