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Television Hunting Show Hosts Fined Almost $31k After Attempting To Poach These Animals

As a general rule of thumb, if you are going to record yourself, you really ought to make sure everything you are doing is legal. Two Kentucky residents participating in a cable television hunting show have found this out the hard way. The pair have had to pay close to $31,000 in fines and have seen their hunting privileges revoked for 15 years.

The reality TV hunters pled guilty to poaching two elk in Wyoming in late 2014.

It seems the case against the two men came about because a resident of the area watching "Hunting in the Sticks" (on cable TV) reported that he believed the out-of-state hunters shot the elk in the wrong hunting district.

Of note, the experienced Kentucky hunters were seen in an episode titled "Western Redemption."

"I believe the two defendants were driven to get kill-shot footage for the television show and that resulted in their making bad decisions," Mike Ehlebracht, an investigator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, commented.

Local media sources report Ricky J. Mills and Jimmy G. Duncan, residents of Bedford, Kentucky, pled guilty this week to several poaching violations.

The Pursuit Channel includes this rather ironic catch-line for the program: "Every deer we harvest, every turkey we call in, they are earned, and that's the way we want it!"

As part of his pleas, Duncan, 25, will cough up $17,500 in fines ($7500) and restitution ($6,000 relating to a bull elk as well as $4,000 for an antelope he killed in 2013). Mills, 37, was hit with various fines totaling $13,460.

According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the hunters also had to forfeit their elk mounts.

Keep in mind that the loss of hunting and trapping privileges in Wyoming for 15 years means that the men cannot hunt in 43 other states, including Kentucky, as all 44 states are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Independent Record

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