Kristopher Schortmann of Sheridan and Cory Tasler of Dayton were ordered to pay over $7,000 in fines and restitution and had their hunting and fishing privileges suspended for a combined nine years for several Game and Fish violations. Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge John Sampson ordered Schortmann to pay $530 in fines and $2,500 in restitution to the state for taking a mule deer buck after the season had closed. In addition, Schortmann's hunting and fishing privileges were suspended for three years, making him ineligible to purchase hunting or fishing licenses in Wyoming and 31 other states that belong to the wildlife violator compact.
Judge Sampson also ordered Tasler to pay $1,980 in fines and $2,000 in restitution to the state of Wyoming for five counts of illegally purchasing resident licenses and for accessory to taking the above mentioned mule deer after the season closed. Tasler’s hunting and fishing privileges were suspended for six years.
The investigation began in mid-November of 2009 when Sheridan Game Warden James Hobbs received an anonymous tip on the stop poaching hotline, stating that Schortmann and Tasler had illegally killed a mule deer buck in the Sheridan area. Further investigation showed that Schortmann had killed a mule deer buck with his crossbow about a week after the season closed just west of Sheridan city limits on Soldier Creek road. Tasler then knowingly stored the illegally taken mule deer at his home in Dayton. When asked by Judge Sampson why he had poached the deer? Schortmann replied that he had poached it to show his friends what a nice deer he could kill.
The Game and Fish encourages the public to report any violations by calling the Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP, or by filing a report online at their website http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/e....