Pair pays thousands for big game poaching
11:35 AM MST on Tuesday, February 10, 2004
MCCALL -- Two men were ordered jailed and assessed thousands of dollars in penalties for running an illegal big game hunting operation in Valley County.
Sixty-year-old Roger Craddick of Donnelly pleaded guilty to multiple counts of illegal hunting activities.
He was jailed for 30 days and directed to pay over ten thousand dollars in penalties. Craddick lost his hunting privileges for ten years.
Fifty-six-year-old Thomas Ackerman of Boise pleaded guilty to exceeding the limit for elk. He was jailed for 15 days and ordered to pay over 35 hundred dollars in penalties.
Fish and Game Department investigators spent two years investigating the operation.
That included what one of the men called an elk slaughter and coaching on how to take bull elk illegally without being caught.