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Local hunter handed tough sentence for elk poaching

July 28, 2011

By Kara Hansen Murphey, WestLinnTidings.com

The attorney of a West Linn man convicted of illegally taking a bull elk he killed on a Wyoming hunting trip says his client is remorseful and that he was misled by hunting guides.

Attorney Ron Hoevet said Jim Robinson of West Linn is among a handful of customers of Big Horn Adventure Outfitters who have been prosecuted for similar federal charges stemming from hunting on the company’s Wyoming grounds.

Big Horn Adventure Outfitters offers private hunting and fishing access to more than 100,000 acres of land in Ten Sleep, Wyo., near the Bighorn National Forest.

As many as seven customers – in addition to Robinson – have recently faced federal charges, Hoevet said. On the other hand, “Big Horn Adventure Outfitters, the guide, induced folks to go hunting, and they haven’t yet been prosecuted.”

“They’ve been prosecuting the low-hanging fruit,” he said.

Robinson also is among among almost 30 hunters pictured with trophy elk they landed in a photo gallery on the Big Horn Adventure Outfitters website.

Hoevet contends the hunting guide told Robinson, who had a license to kill a cow elk, that he could use a “landowners tag” if he needed one for a bull elk.

But while the guide had five such tags, Hoevet said, “The truth is these landowner tags are not transferable.”

Even so, Robinson does not plan to sue Big Horn Adventure Outfitters, Hoevet said, and he is fine with the terms of a plea deal requiring him to participate in public service announcements and speak publicly about issues related to federal wildlife laws.

“Jim is very remorseful for his conduct in this affair, and he has accepted responsibility from the beginning when he was first contacted (by fish and game officials),” Hoevet said. “He is prepared to help others.”

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