Game, Fish and Parks officer cited for hunt on private land
December 16, 2011
By Chris Mueller, Outdoors-411.com
A Tripp County Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer was cited
for trespassing after he was found hunting on private land near
Clearfield last month.
Matthew J. Hill, 24, of Winner, was discovered by a Tripp County
Sheriff’s deputy while he was hunting on privately owned land near the
unincorporated community of Clearfield, located southwest of Colome in
Tripp County, on Nov. 15.
Hill was later fined, and has paid $73, plus $66 in court fees.
“I’m a human and I make mistakes, too,” he said in a telephone
“It was totally unintentional.”
He declined to name the owner of the land he trespassed on, but said
he apologized after he was cited.
“I wasn’t treated any differently than anyone else would have been,”
Hill said. “I’m embarrassed that it happened.”
Emmett Keyser, GF&P assistant director of operations for the Division
of Wildlife, said Hill informed his immediate supervisor immediately.
“We have a staff that frequently hunt and fish, and at times they
find themselves in a situation other hunters and anglers find themselves
in — they mistakenly get onto private land,” Keyser said.
Keyser said GF&P provided the state’s attorney who prosecuted the
case with information just as it would with any other person under
similar circumstances. “We want to make sure that our staff is just as
accountable as we expect them to be,” he said.
Keyser refused to disclose if any further disciplinary action had
been taken against Hill by GF&P, saying that information was
Hill remains at his post as Tripp County’s conservation officer.
Because the state’s attorney determined Hill’s violation to be
unintentional, his hunting license was not revoked.
Keyser said more than eight GF&P employees have had similar
violations in the past, and in every case the employees admitted their
mistake and paid the penalty.
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