Two Idaho Men Pleaded Guilty to Poaching

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Kyle Whiteley and Andrew Lusk both pleaded guilty to charges against them for poaching a bull elk in January, in Owyhee County. Idaho Conservation Officers were able to find the carcass of the elk from an anonymous tip.

Whiteley will lose his hunting license for one year and pay $500 in fines and court costs. Whitely pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unlawful possession of an elk and concealment of evidence. Lusk who had greater charges against him will lose his license for 5 years, pay $2245 in fines and court costs and serve 10 days in jail. Lusk pleaded guilty to poaching and hunting without a license. From


GooseHunter Jr's picture

Nice job Idaho.  Good to see

Nice job Idaho.  Good to see them step and get after em.  It seems like we are starting to hear about more and more poachers getting busted.  Is it that the Game and Fish and really starting to crack down and chase after them harder or is that more and more people are poaching and that is why so many storied keep getting published.  I truly hope that is just that Game and Fish are cracking down harder.  Need to get the people out of the woods and let us true sportmans have the woods to ourselvews to enjoy and that will in let the wildlife thrive for all people hunter and viewers of the game we all love to chase and watch.

groovy mike's picture

hopefully this will deter future poachers if the word gets out.

Congratulations to the state of Idaho’s Conservation Department on the conviction of these two.  The fines seem pretty low to me so perhaps there is mitigating circumstance.  A couple  thousand dollars of fines won’t replace the elk, but it should help act as a deterrent to future poachers if the word gets out about this case.  You have to wonder about the ‘anonymous’ callers to poaching hotlines too. In states where the informer gets a piece of the fine as a reward for reporting sometimes fellow poachers rat each other out for the money!  Like those folks who turn in people to the Internal Revenue Service they often family or business associates like employees of the person being turned in.  Very often there is a divorce involved. So be warned poachers – SOMEONE knows you are guilty and sooner or later those folks might just decide to stop hiding your guilt.  You are far better off to stay way on the safe side of any legal question.  Do all that you can to hunt legally and ethically and you won’t have to worry about it.  I am far more scared of inadvertently violating some minor regulation that I don’t even know about than of actually being in any danger of poaching charges.  Be wary of things like local laws that restrict use of firearms or discharging a weapon (even a traditional bow!) within town or city limits.  Some areas are even off limits to transporting a firearm unloaded through a school zone etc. en route to a trap range, or hunting venue.  Be especially careful around federal buildings, airports, and schools.  Rules like those that are not widely publicized and worse – not marked with any signage can sneak up on you and cause all sorts of headaches!