August 30, 2007
Plea Reached in North Dakota’s Largest Poaching Case
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
The owners of North Dakota’s Sheyenne Valley Lodge, along with seven guides and 94 hunters, are charged with a host of federal game violations primarily related to chronically shooting well over the legal limit of upland birds and waterfowl. According to their plea agreements, lodge operators Theodore Mertz and Orlan Mertz will each get 18 months probation and loss of hunting privileges in North America for 18 months. Together, they will pay an total of $90,000 in fines and restitution and never again guide or outfit hunters in the US. Read the full story here.