- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A California man and a Montana woman have paid more than $10,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to illegally killing a trophy buck mule deer in western Montana.

The Missoulian reported Wednesday (https://tinyurl.com/kggwazm ) Claudette Johnson of Hamilton and Shannon Jennings of Oroville, California, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of game meat, hunting without a license and transfer of a license.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say neither Johnson nor Jennings had the correct permit to kill a mule deer buck. They told investigators they thought it was a whitetail deer.

Officials alleged Jennings killed the buck but the pair put Johnson’s whitetail tag on the carcass.

The Boone & Crockett Club in Missoula measured the buck and said it qualified as a trophy animal.


Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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