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July 19, 2011

Oregon Serial Poachers To Spend Next 4 Deer Seasons in Jail

By Dave Hurteau

Every so often, we ask: What is an appropriate punishment for this or that game violation? Well here’s a novel approach, from a story by the Associated Press:

An Oregon man and his son who pleaded guilty to poaching will spend the next four deer seasons in jail and have been stripped of their hunting privileges for life.

Investigators said the family hunted illegally for generations and all but wiped out the deer population in part of a wildlife area.

Under a plea deal, they'll report to prison on Oct. 1—the first day of deer season—for 90-day terms each of the next four years.

So these guys, who have reportedly taken more than 300 deer over the last five seasons, will not be taking any during the next four. Of course, what they’ll do during the off season—when they apparently will not be in jail—is another question.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Should be for next 100 years. 4 isnt enough.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I would think that in the off season they will be working to pay off the thousands of dollars that they owe in fines. But I don't think that will stop them from poaching again,

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Poachers follow seasons?

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from neuman23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Koldkit, probably about as good as they follow bag limits.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I like it i would think the hunting season would be the easiest time for them to poach and it's a reminder that every year they are not allowed to take part in the traditions

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Apparently they also forfeited 19 rifles. So their ability to poach is rather, now, impaired. Check out the AP story. Apparently the LEOs knew they were on to some serious offenders when a pajama clad tot volunteered an explanation of how to hunt deer at night from a vehicle. Another poacher was roped in on the investigation as well.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkXIrDfFIYjE65eY-mg1Xz...

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from PipersDad06 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I just read on my local newspaper's website- The Wichita Eagle, that two hunters from Texas who used the Butler Bros. as guides here in KS at Camp Lone Star have been federally indicted for illegally shooting deer under the Lacey Act. It says there could be up to 60 people prosecuted. Good to see the authorities are getting tough on poachers. Here is the link:

http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

The 2 Butler Bros. got sentences of: James Butler was sentenced to 41 months in jail( federal prison) and fined $50,000 for conspiracy and illegally trafficking game across state lines and Marlin Butler was sentenced to 27 months in jail and ordered to pay $20,000. They are both appealing their sentences.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

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from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

300 deer in 5 seasons. Holy cow. What did they do with all the venison?
These people make me want to puke. Was there any type of fine associated with the punishment. What an absolute waste of our natural resources not to mention a complete disrespect for the animal, other hunters and land owners in the area. I'm absolutely disgusted. Its up to the real outdoorsman and hunters to police the woods for poachers and to turn these people into the proper authorities to preserve our traditions and resources.

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from walleye fisherman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Finally someone is sticking up for the animals who can't do so for themselves. Glad to see these guys won't be touching any deer for the rest of their lives.

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from huntinhuntinhuntin wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

They can't legally touch deer but I highly doubt that this will stop them. Should be 5 years straight through.

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from CHEF wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

In Rice Lake WI two guys shot a horse and cow while deer hunting and they go to jail during deer hunting season the next 5 years in addition to other jail time and fines.

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from JohnR wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Gosh, people still shoot at horses and cows???????
One would think that as long as that has been preached as a no-no occurrances of the same would be rare.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

great sentence! better than most that are handed out.

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from CBrown wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The fact that hey have no more guns, only means they will borrow them from family. Their should be a list of poachers like sexual deviants, which should have to be inspected once a month or more for weapons. This is a just a tap on the wrist if you ask me....

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Poachers follow seasons?

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I like it i would think the hunting season would be the easiest time for them to poach and it's a reminder that every year they are not allowed to take part in the traditions

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Apparently they also forfeited 19 rifles. So their ability to poach is rather, now, impaired. Check out the AP story. Apparently the LEOs knew they were on to some serious offenders when a pajama clad tot volunteered an explanation of how to hunt deer at night from a vehicle. Another poacher was roped in on the investigation as well.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkXIrDfFIYjE65eY-mg1Xz...

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Should be for next 100 years. 4 isnt enough.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I would think that in the off season they will be working to pay off the thousands of dollars that they owe in fines. But I don't think that will stop them from poaching again,

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from neuman23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Koldkit, probably about as good as they follow bag limits.

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from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

300 deer in 5 seasons. Holy cow. What did they do with all the venison?
These people make me want to puke. Was there any type of fine associated with the punishment. What an absolute waste of our natural resources not to mention a complete disrespect for the animal, other hunters and land owners in the area. I'm absolutely disgusted. Its up to the real outdoorsman and hunters to police the woods for poachers and to turn these people into the proper authorities to preserve our traditions and resources.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from CBrown wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The fact that hey have no more guns, only means they will borrow them from family. Their should be a list of poachers like sexual deviants, which should have to be inspected once a month or more for weapons. This is a just a tap on the wrist if you ask me....

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from PipersDad06 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I just read on my local newspaper's website- The Wichita Eagle, that two hunters from Texas who used the Butler Bros. as guides here in KS at Camp Lone Star have been federally indicted for illegally shooting deer under the Lacey Act. It says there could be up to 60 people prosecuted. Good to see the authorities are getting tough on poachers. Here is the link:

http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

The 2 Butler Bros. got sentences of: James Butler was sentenced to 41 months in jail( federal prison) and fined $50,000 for conspiracy and illegally trafficking game across state lines and Marlin Butler was sentenced to 27 months in jail and ordered to pay $20,000. They are both appealing their sentences.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/19/1939559/texans-indicted-for-shooting-de...

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from walleye fisherman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Finally someone is sticking up for the animals who can't do so for themselves. Glad to see these guys won't be touching any deer for the rest of their lives.

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from huntinhuntinhuntin wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

They can't legally touch deer but I highly doubt that this will stop them. Should be 5 years straight through.

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from CHEF wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

In Rice Lake WI two guys shot a horse and cow while deer hunting and they go to jail during deer hunting season the next 5 years in addition to other jail time and fines.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from JohnR wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Gosh, people still shoot at horses and cows???????
One would think that as long as that has been preached as a no-no occurrances of the same would be rare.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

great sentence! better than most that are handed out.

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