Montana: Hunter Pleads Guilty to Over Possession of Game Birds in Sheridan County

Possessed game birds
Possessed game birds
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana-(Ammoland.com)- Leroy I. Pool (69) of Arizona recently pled guilty in Sheridan County Justice Court to five misdemeanor charges stemming from his over-possession limits of Montana game birds.

Pool was charged with two counts of unlawfully possessing over-limits of both pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse. Additionally, Pool was charged with failing to retain evidence of species and/or sex on his game birds.

This multi-year investigation lead R6 Wardens to serve a search warrant on Pool's motor home at the Bolster Dam campground in Plentywood on Oct. 27. Pool had a total 27 game birds over his possession limit at the time of the search. Pool had been camped in the Plentywood area since before the beginning of the upland game bird season opener.

“It is important for nonresident hunters to be mindful of their total game bird possession limits while camped in Montana for any extended period of time,” said R6 Investigator Dirk Paulson.

Pool was charged with $1,750 in fines and restitution. He also lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap for 24 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. In addition, Pool is required to complete the remedial hunter education program through FWP.

Bird hunters are reminded to look at current regulations for the daily and possession limits for the species they are hunting.

Hunters also must retain identification on game birds that are harvested while being transported, or until they have reached the permanent residence of the processor. For sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mountain grouse, and Hungarian partridge, a wing must remain naturally attached. Pheasants must have one leg naturally attached for proper identification.

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