_Several members of a ranching family near Ten Sleep could face decades of jail time and millions in fines for allegedly allowing out-of-state hunters to tag wildlife with their Wyoming landowner hunting permits, according to a federal indictment. Richard "R.C." Carter, owner of Big Horn Adventure Outfitters, allegedly took more than a dozen hunters out on his family's property from 2003 to 2009 to kill elk, deer and antelope. Richard Carter Sr. and Mark Carter -- R.C.'s father and younger brother respectively -- allegedly used their own tags on the animals shot and falsely claimed in affidavits that they killed them.
R.C. and Mark Carter then helped to transport the animals back to the hunters' homes in other states in violation of federal law, the indictment alleges. R.C. Carter charged between $3,000 and $7,500 per hunter and/or per hunt for his services, not including tips, according to the indictment. However, the indictment states that Carter occasionally bartered or exchanged guided hunts for advertising, client referrals and guided fishing trips.