Six poachers convicted after Fish and Game investigation
After several days of investigation, Fish and Game conservation officers descended on a “hunting” camp in Hazard Creek to interview suspects and issue citations.
According to Evin Oneale with the Department of Fish and Game, 16 citations and five warnings were issued to seven poachers from Nevada, Minnesota and the Idaho community of Harrison. Two elk and two deer were also seized in the largest poaching operation taken down so far this season.
Each of the poachers pled guilty to the following charges and received sentence listed below -
Scott Seidenstricker, 55 of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of two or more elk in a 12-month period, transfer of a deer tag to another and two counts of use of an elk tag of another. Fines, court costs, civil restitution and other penalties totaled $6,160. Seidenstricker also received a 10-year hunting license revocation.
Andrew Havens, 32 of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty to transferring an elk tag to another, use of a deer tag of another, and possession of an unlawfully taken deer. Fines, court costs, civil restitution and other penalties totaled $3,350. Havens also received a two-year hunting license revocation.
Paul Seidenstricker, 52 of East Gull Lake, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to possession of an unlawfully taken elk, transfer of an elk tag to another, wasteful destruction of an elk and littering. Fines totaled $2,300, and Seidenstricker also received a two-year hunting licenses revocation.
Brian Redican, 44 of Carson City, Nevada, pleaded guilty to hunting elk without a valid tag. Fines totaled $1,000, and Redican also received a three-year hunting license revocation. Because he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms, Redican forfeited a .308 hunting rifle to Idaho Fish and Game.
Carl Keller, 71 of Carson City, Nevad,a pleaded guilty to hunting elk without a valid tag. Fines totaled $600, and Keller also received a two-year hunting license revocation.
Eric Keller, 43 of Carson City, Nevada, pleaded guilty to possession of an unlawfully taken mule deer. Fines, court costs and civil restitution totaled $875.