Malta Mont Hunting Outfitter Sentenced on Multiple Criminal Charges
MALTA, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- A Malta-based hunting outfitter, Larry L. Olson, has pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts of baiting game animals with supplemental feeds and two misdemeanor counts of submitting false and inaccurate client report logs.
In a plea agreement entered into with the State of Montana in Phillips County Justice Court, Olson, 60, acknowledged that he aided and abetted illegal hunting-related activities committed by members of a Minnesota family that owns a ranch south of Malta. Olson also was found to have submitted false records to the Montana Board of Outfitters in 2008 and 2007.
The landowners were convicted earlier this year for illegally baiting big-game animals, hunting without licenses and/or permits, improper outfitting and other wildlife-related crimes. Olson was the license sponsor for the operation.
Olson was ordered to divest himself of his outfitting license and forfeited any future right to work as an outfitter or guide in Montana. He was also given a three-year suspended sentence with the following conditions: Forfeit ownership in property seized during the warrant searches; not accompany hunters in Montana during his suspended sentence; pay $1,985 in fines and lose his Montana hunting, fishing, trapping privileges for three years.
These cases were initially developed by Malta-based FWP Warden Dirk Paulsen and then a team of state investigators.