- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he illegally guided hunters while working for a ranch in the fall of 2013.

The Powell Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/21x3hVT ) that Wyoming requires an outfitting license for people being compensated for helping big or trophy game hunters. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Jim Pehringer of Cody served as an unlicensed guide for eight different hunters on Antlers Ranch in fall 2013.

Investigators say Pehringer had been put in charge of managing hunting on the ranch and collected thousands of dollars as a guide. Ranch owners and other landowners can guide hunters on their property without a license, but their employees still need a license to do so.

Hunting outfitters must pay a $1,600 application fee, pay $600 annually and meet other state requirements.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com

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