12 People Charged in Poaching Ring

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Camp Lone Star charged hunters thousands of dollars to hunt on their property in Kansas. For archery equipped guided hunts the cost was $3,500 and for firearms $5,000. However, these guided hunts were illegal. Now federal agents are going after 12 individuals from 3 different states for violating the Lacey Act. This is the largest prosecution investigation for deer being killed illegally, at one time there were 60 hunters being investigated for illegally killed 119 deer between the 2005 and 2008 hunting seasons at Camp Lone Star, near Coldwater Kansas.

Camp Lone Star was owned and operated by James Butler Jr. from Martinsville, Texas. Marlin Butler worked as a guide for his brother's camp. They would allow hunters to violate many hunting laws, killing deer without the proper license, using spotlights for night hunting, and allowing hunters to use firearms in archery season. Both Butlers have been tried and found guilty. Owner James's hearing in June ended with 41 months in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $25,000 in restitution to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Marlin faced a lighter punishment of 27 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution. They both were charged with violating the Lacey Act, and James had obstruction of justice on top of that. From AP Texas News.

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hunter25's picture

This is one of the biggest

This is one of the biggest bust of it's type that I have seen and it's good to see that real punishment is being doled out and followed through with. It amazes me that there are guides out there that operate like this with little fear or worry about getting caught. And just how do you advertise what you are willing to do and find such a long list of law breakers to take advantage of your services anyway? I suppose word of mouth is how it worked and how they ended up getting caught in the end though. It's good to see that someone had a few morals and turned these guys in but it's appalling at how many guys hunted with them knowing that what they were doining was illegal and wrong.

Hopefully it will serve as a good example and keep others from offering services like this or at least make the poachers stop from doing what they do.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, good to see some very

Wow, good to see some very lengthy prison sentence for those poachers.  usually you see guys get a couple months, or just a suspended sentence with a small fine.

Maybe it comes from the Lacey Act charges.  Since stuff happened across state lines, it enabled them to do that.  The other good thing about the federal sentence, is that unlike states where they may only do 25% of their time, they will get to serve about 85% of the sentence, roughly.