Two California Hunters Sentenced in Gildford-Montana Antelope Case

Two California Hunters Sentenced in Gildford-Montana Antelope Case

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

HAVRE, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)-  Two California men have been sentenced for illegally killing three antelope in the Gildford area during the 2007-hunting season.

Mack Jones, 59, of Palm Springs, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor count of killing an antelope buck without a license in the case. Jones was recently ordered by Hill County Justice of the Peace Terry Stoppa to pay a $535 fine and $500 in restitution. Jones also lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for two years in all 34 states involved in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.

Another Palm Springs man, Eric J. Urban, 47, was charged with killing an antelope buck without a license at the same private property south of Gildford during the 2007 season. Urban also was charged with a misdemeanor count of “accountability for the conduct of another” for allowing his teenage son to kill an additional antelope buck without having a valid license.

Court records show Urban paid a $1,070 fine and $1,000 in restitution and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for two years in all wildlife compact states. All three antelope bucks were recovered in California and were returned to Montana.

“The apprehending of Jones and Urban was made possible when a concerned citizen contacted the local warden and expressed his concern that antelope bucks might have been killed and were likely tagged with Region 7 doe tags,” said FWP Criminal Investigator Lennie Buhmann.

“Without the help of concerned citizens, violations like these would often go undetected.”