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Pike County outfitter pleads guilty

September 20, 2007 at 10:36 AM

A Pike County outfitter plead guilty to two violations of federal hunting regulations on Wednesday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore. Gerald W. Johns of Double X Outfitters faces a $25,000 fine, revocation of hunting privileges for three years and revocation of his outfitters license for three years.

Johns, 45, of Rockport was charged with providing paid outfitting services that resulted in the illegal kill and transport of whitetail deer. Both charges are misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law. Charges stem from a covert investigation, known as Operation Mongo, into illegal hunting by agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The fine will be used to fund additional investigations of wildlife law violations.

Johns had previously plead guilty to three state wildlife law violations on July 9. Those charges included providing fraudulent information for state records, accessory to unlawful hunting and unlawful possession of wild turkeys. At that time Johns forfeited three rifles used to illegally kill wildlife and numerous illegally obtained wildlife photographs and mounts, including antelope killed in Wyoming and caribou killed in Alaska. At that time the state revoked Johns’ outfitter license and hunting privileges for three years.

On Wednesday, Johns admitted that in November of 2005 he allowed two non-resident hunters from Florida and West Virginia to illegally kill whitetail deer. The deer were then transported across state lines. Johns admitted falsifying documents and allowing paid clients to illegally tag deer and illegally hunt on private property Johns did not own.

Interstate transport of wildlife obtained in violation of state law violates the Lacey Act and carries a possible maximum fine of $100,000 and/or one year in prison.

 

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This is the problem with outfitters, dont get me wrong i beleive that many outfitters are decent. And perhaps good for the management, however its idiots like this that hopefully will make the state and federal governments to get involved with outfitters and set some very strick guidlines for those hunting and those selling the hunts.

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