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March 16, 2011

Guilty Pleas Expected in Massive Texas Poaching Case

By Chad Love

Remember the massive poaching case involving two Texas brothers who guided their clients to hundreds of illegal deer in Kansas?

It looks like the case is coming to an end and guilty pleas are pending. From this story in the Wichita Eagle
The federal case involving more than 60 hunters from across the nation suspected of poaching deer during guided hunts in Kansas appears headed for guilty pleas. Court records listed change-of-plea hearings Wednesday in Wichita for Camp Lone Star owner James Bobby Butler Jr. and his brother Marlin Jackson Butler, who worked as a guide. The brothers from Martinsville, Texas, were the only defendants charged in a case that involved searches in Louisiana, Texas and Kansas. The government alleges out-of-state hunters illegally killed more than 119 deer during the 2005-2008 hunting seasons. Authorities said the hunters paid $3,500 per hunt with archery equipment and $5,000 per hunt with a firearm. The brothers are charged with conspiracy and the unlawful sale and transport of wildlife. James Butler is also charged with obstruction of justice.

It will certainly be interesting to see what their punishment will be. Anyone care to make a guess or predication?

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from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Call it a prediction or hope but, life suspension from hunting or guiding and a fine, dollar for dollar, for each dollar they reaped.

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from pillagermn wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

10 years in jail-no hunting privilages for life-fines for each hunt sold. Since they probably conducted the whole process illegally I would guess they didn't pay taxes on the income either. I'm sure if the prosecution looked hard enough thses guys will be looking at far more than taking game illegally and transport of wildlife. Also, I think the state of Kansas should get any and all deer parts/pieces/racks/mounts back from all the participating hunters. Let the brothers live with the shame from that as well.

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from Siletz Angler wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

It would be nice to see their hunting privileges taken away for life. But I've seen poachers in my area, albeit with charges not quite as drastic as these, allowed to hunt legally after a short time.

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from GERG wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Hammer them to the full extent of the law!!! Im sure if some of the hunters were unknowingly duped they feel
horrible.

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Give 'em the book.

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from seadog wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

No mercy--throw the book at 'em. If the sentence doesn't include jail time and loss of hunting privileges for life, something is wrong.

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from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Call it a prediction or hope but, life suspension from hunting or guiding and a fine, dollar for dollar, for each dollar they reaped.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GERG wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Hammer them to the full extent of the law!!! Im sure if some of the hunters were unknowingly duped they feel
horrible.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from seadog wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

No mercy--throw the book at 'em. If the sentence doesn't include jail time and loss of hunting privileges for life, something is wrong.

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from pillagermn wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

10 years in jail-no hunting privilages for life-fines for each hunt sold. Since they probably conducted the whole process illegally I would guess they didn't pay taxes on the income either. I'm sure if the prosecution looked hard enough thses guys will be looking at far more than taking game illegally and transport of wildlife. Also, I think the state of Kansas should get any and all deer parts/pieces/racks/mounts back from all the participating hunters. Let the brothers live with the shame from that as well.

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from Siletz Angler wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

It would be nice to see their hunting privileges taken away for life. But I've seen poachers in my area, albeit with charges not quite as drastic as these, allowed to hunt legally after a short time.

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Give 'em the book.

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