Nebraska Deer Poaching Case Results in Fines, Jail Time, Revocation of Privileges
LINCOLN, Neb. – Joseph Shelden, 18, of Spencer, was sentenced to jail time, fined and had his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked for three years after he pleaded guilty in Boyd County Court to charges stemming from an incident in February in which he shot three mule deer out of season and left them lay in the field.
Shelden was charged with taking game during a closed season and wanton waste of game. After hearing Spencer’s plea on March 9, Boyd County Court Judge Allen Brodbeck sentenced him to 14 days in jail, $444 in fines and court costs, and ordered him to pay another $2,250 in liquidated damages. Brodbeck also ordered the privileges revocation.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Conservation Officer Patrick George said he had been investigating, for the past two years, reports of someone shooting deer out of season in the Boyd County area and leaving them lay. He said the evidence he gathered at the scene, combined with information he’d received during the two-year investigation, enabled him to link the suspect with the violation.
“It was because of Officer George’s persistence, patience and good investigative skills that he was able to make the case,” said Wes Loos, assistant administrator of the Commission’s Law Enforcement Division. “It is also important for people to understand that this violator was not a hunter, he was just a minor with a gun who liked to kill things. There was no hunting involved and his actions should in no way reflect on the thousands of Nebraska hunters who hunt legally and ethically each year.”
The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.