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MT: Corvallis man loses hunting, fishing privileges for 10 years in poaching case

May 19, 2017


HAMILTON ó Justin Carl Cook, 38, will not be hunting or fishing for the next decade.

The investigation into the case against Cook began a year ago when someone called a game warden to report a bad odor coming from am unplugged freezer at a cabin on Soft Rock Road east of Corvallis.

Inside the freezer, wardens discovered a rolled-up deer and bear hide.
Neither had licenses attached to them.

They also found wrapped and labeled bear and deer meat that had spoiled.

Through a series of interviews with Cook and a woman he was living with at the cabin, wardens learned that Cook had killed a trophy white-tailed deer, a mule deer and a black bear without the proper licenses.

Cook pleaded guilty to a felony and misdemeanor charge on March 15.

Cook also pleaded guilty to killing a mule deer in Hunting District 261 in Nov. 3, 2014. State records show Cook didnít purchase a general deer license until Nov. 13, which was nine days after photographs of the dead deer were taken.

Cook entered his guilty pleas as part of a plea agreement.

In addition to losing his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 10 years, Cook will be required to spend 10 days in the Ravalli County Detention Center and pay restitution of $2,500 and a fine of $100 on the felony charge.

The misdemeanor charge included a suspended 180 days of jail time, a fine of $50 and restitution of $500.

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