Nevada Convicts 2 Deer Poachers
Two California men were convicted Feb., 10 for illegal possession of a mule deer, a gross misdemeanor and were sentenced to fines, jail time and forfeiture of the equipment used in the crime.
Jon Warren, 40, of Redding, Calif., and Alan Jeffers, 57, of Anderson, Calif., were ordered to forfeit their truck, flatbed trailer, ATVs, firearms and other equipment that they used when they took the animal in 2005.
Warren was also fined $500 and was sentenced to three years of probation and 45 days in the Nye County jail. Jeffers was fined $500 and sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days in the Nye County jail. Both men will also have their hunting privileges revoked for three years in Nevada and across dozens of other States throughout the U.S. under the Wildlife Violator Compact, a provision that allows one state's hunting revocations to apply in other states.
The men were sentenced in the Fifth Judicial District Court of Nye County. In the investigation of the case, game wardens discovered that the two men applied for tags in one hunt area then purposely hunted in a different area.
"This crime is more common than many people realize," said Rob Buonamici, chief law enforcement officer for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. "But those who are convicted lose their vehicles and equipment, pay fines and lose their hunting privileges. It’s just not worth the risk."
Although game wardens discovered the crime while on patrol, sportsmen are still one of the best sources of information for this type of crime. Sportsmen can report wildlife violations to Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030. To learn more about game wardens and wildlife in Nevada visit NDOW on the web at www.ndow.org.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen's license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.