By Dave Hurteau
In 1992, Gary Vorhies was convicted of illegally killing the well-known “Growler Elk,” a 365-inch B&C bull on Wyoming’s Two Dot Ranch. In 2001, he was busted for poaching two bighorn rams and sentenced to four years in jail and $52,000 in fines and restitution (although he only spent about one year in the clink). Now, a Wyoming court has found him guilty a third time of four additional charges, including killing three whitetail deer illegally and guiding another deer hunter to illegal kills. This time, he got four years in jail with three years suspended and $27,120 in fines and restitution.
So how do you stop a serial poacher like Vorhies? Some at the Wyoming Game & Fish Department say they’d have a better shot at it if some Wyoming game violations carried felony charges.