12 People Charged in Poaching Ring
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.