MT: 9 WI Hunters Convicted Of Illegally Hunting & Tagging Deer In MT
September 22, 2010
9 WI Hunters Convicted Of Illegally Hunting & Tagging Deer In MT
Nine Wisconsin hunters were among 12 persons convicted recently as part
of a multi-year investigation of illegal hunting activities in Montana. The
total amount of fines, bond and restitution collected in the case was
The 12 defendants also lost a total of 63 years of hunting, fishing and
trapping privileges in the 34 states participating in the Interstate
Wildlife Violators Compact, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
"Those revocations also apply in Wisconsin," noted WI DNR conservation
warden Paul Nell, Horicon, who, along with WI DNR conservation warden Kyle
Kosin, Fond du Lac, assisted Montana officials with the investigation.
"The investigation could best be described as an evolving case, with us
interviewing a suspect and than just like that another name would pop up,"
"The probe took two years and the convictions were the product of great
cooperation between Montana and Wisconsin," he added.
Besides assisting with the investigation, the Wisconsin conservation
wardens seized a number of firearms, antlers and mounted deer and antelope
Two of the defendants were from Montana and another from North Dakota.
The Wisconsin defendants and their case dispositions in Montana include:
Michael L. Leinen, 65, and Ron M. Leinen Jr., 40, both of West Bend. The
elder Leinen used another person's license and killed a white-tailed buck
without a license. He was assessed $1,270 in bond forfeiture and
restitution. The younger man used another person's license (two counts) and
possessed an unlawfully killed antelope. He forfeited a $1,005 bond. Both
men lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two years.
Scott Vercauteren, 37, and Lanna Vercauteren, 36, both of Campbellsport.
Lanna loaned a license to another person and forfeited $235 bond. Scott
killed three mule deer bucks, a turkey and an antelope without licenses;
used other people's licenses and failed to properly validate a license.
Total bond forfeited and restitution, $5,040. Lost privileges to hunt, fish
and trap for three years.
Scott Morenzien, 32, of Fond du Lac. Possessed an unlawfully killed mule
deer buck. Total bond forfeited and restitution, $1,035. Lost privileges to
hunt, fish and trap for two years.
Larry Morenzien, 51, of Kewaskum. Possessed an unlawfully killed
white-tailed buck and mule deer buck. Total bond forfeited and restitution,
$2,070. 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 lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for two years. Tammy
Wittkopf, 34, also of Fond du Lac, possessed a single unlawfully killed
white-tailed buck. She paid $1,035 in forfeited bond and restitution. Tammy
and Scott Wittkopf each lost privileges to hunt, fish and trap for 10 years.
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