BILLINGS - Four members of a Hardin family have been ordered to
pay more than $22,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty
to 18 charges of illegally killing wildlife in two Montana counties
and one charge of illegal outfitting. They lost hunting,
fishing and trapping privileges for a total of 24 years.
Paul A. Eschelman, 49, and his father, William J. Eschelman, 76,
each paid $1,005 in fines in Petroleum County and lost their
hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years after
pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a cow elk and two counts
each of illegal transfer of a license. Paul A. Eschelman also paid
restitution of $1,000
Paul A. Eschelman also paid
restitution of $1,000, and was ordered to pay $5,035 in fines and
$10,000 in restitution and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping
privileges for 15 years after pleading guilty to nine poaching
crimes in Bighorn County. He also pleaded guilty to outfitting
without a license.
Jarred M. Eschelman, 19, Paul A.
Eschelman's son, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of
white-tailed deer, mule deer and antelope bucks. He was
ordered to pay $1,535 in fines and $1,500 in restitution and lost
his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years.
Danielle R. Eschelman, 39, Paul A. Eschelman's wife, pleaded guilty
to possession of an illegally killed moose.
She was fined $1,035 and lost hunting, fishing and trapping
privileges for 2 years.
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