MT: A dozen people convicted of illegal hunting
September 10, 2010
Two Montanans convicted of illegal hunting activities
A dozen people, including two Montanans, were convicted as part of a
multi-year investigation of illegal hunting activities in rural Richland
The defendants were fined and ordered to pay restitution totaling
$17,416, and were stripped of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in
the 34 states involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Criminal Investigator Lennie Buhmann and
Savage-based FWP Warden Randy Hutzenbiler said the case revolved around
Montana residents Paul D. Leinen, 60, and James A. Leinen, 66, both of
Poplar. The men loaned their hunting licenses to nonresident family members
and friends so they could illegally kill big game animals. The Leinens were
each fined $370 and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for
The investigation, which also involved the North Dakota Department of
Game and Fish, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, led to a
search warrant being issued on vehicles and a private residence along the
Missouri River in Richland County.
The other defendants who were charged in Richland and Roosevelt county
justice courts are:
Clete C. Leinen, 70, of Fairmount, N.D., who initially was charged with
possession of an unlawfully killed white-tailed buck; loaning a license to
another person; and purchasing resident hunting and fishing licenses as a
nonresident. As part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to the residency
charges, was fined $846 and lost his privileges to hunt, fish and trap for
Michael L. Leinen, 65, of West Bend, Wis., who used another person's
license and killed a white-tailed buck, was assessed a $1,270 bond
forfeiture and restitution, and lost hunting privileges for two years.
Ron M. Leinen Jr., 40, was convicted of two counts of using another
person's license and possession of an unlawfully killed antelope. He
forfeited a $1,005 bond and lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two
Scott Vercauteren, 37, killed three mule deer bucks, a turkey and an
antelope without licenses; used other people's licenses and failed to
properly validate a license. Lanna Vercauteren, 36, loaned a license to
another person and forfeited $235 bond. The Vercauterens, both of
Campbellsport, Wis., were ordered to pay $5,040 for bond forfeiture and
restitution, and each lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for three
Scott Morenzien, 32, of Fond du Lac, Wis., possessed an unlawfully killed
mule deer buck. His total bond forfeited and restitution was $1,035. He also
lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two years.
Larry Morenzien, 51, of Kewaskum, Wis., possessed an unlawfully killed
white-tailed buck and mule deer buck. He was ordered to pay restitution and
bond of $2,070, and lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two years.
Dennis G. Wittkopf, 67, and Scott D. Wittkopf, 32, both of Fond du Lac,
each possessed two unlawfully killed white-tailed bucks and each paid $2,070
in forfeited bond and restitution. Dennis Wittkopf lost privileges to hunt,
fish and trap for two years. Tammy Wittkopf, also of Fond du Lac, possessed
a single unlawfully killed white-tailed buck. She paid $1,035 in forfeited
bond and restitution. The Wittkopfs each lost privileges to hunt, fish and
trap for 10 years.
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