Hunting briefs for Aug. 29, 2015: Safari Club selling tickets for drawing
Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter is selling tickets for a drawing as part of its efforts to support 4-H shooting sports, work with disabled veterans and other projects in the area.
The prize available is a Teton four-burner gas grill. Singles are $5 apiece, while a book of five is $20.
Tickets can be purchased from Mountain Man Taxidermy, Rummel Chiropractic or from Ken Fleming or Karl Huntsman. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mountain Man Taxidermy, and entrants need not be present to win.
For more information, call Fleming at 970-824-6806 or Huntsman at 970-819-2531.
Leftover licenses still available for Colorado locations
Colorado Parks & Wildlife has a large quantity of leftover big game limited licenses still on sale for elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bear and turkey for multiple locations around the state.
A full list of Game Management Units, quotas and other details can be found at http://cpwapps.state.co.us/Documents/leftover.pdf.
Active duty military personnel will receive preference points for such licenses and can download a form to fill out at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/LeftoverLicenses/Military-Preference-Point-Application.pdf.
For more information on licenses, call 303-297-1192.
Court appeal denied for Meeker poacher
Convicted poacher and former outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 73, of Meeker, learned on Tuesday that his appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has failed, affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines the former outfitter received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt, according to a press release from Colorado Parks & Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
According to investigators, between 2002 and 2007, Rodebaugh and an associate used large quantities of salt to attract elk and mule deer to an area in the White River National Forest where he had installed tree stands, enabling their clients to easily kill the animals.
In September 2012, a jury in Denver found Rodebaugh guilty of six felony violations of the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits the transportation of illegally taken wildlife across state lines, applicable because most of his clients came from out of state.
“Our investigation was thorough and accurate and the original sentence was fair and equal to the crimes committed by this individual,” said District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin of Meeker, who led the investigation. “We believe the court made the right decision on the appeal.”
Officials say Rodebaugh earned approximately $250,000 from the illegal hunts over the five-year period of the investigation; however, authorities believe he may have earned much more from his illegal activity over the approximately twenty years he operated his now dissolved outfitting business, D & S Guide and Outfitters.
In addition to the prison term, the Court affirmed other portions of Rodebaugh’s original sentence, including the payment of $37,390 in restitution to the state, the forfeiture of two all-terrain vehicles and a trailer, and his post-release ban from outfitting, guiding, and using hunting stands.
“Those who unlawfully poach or aid in poaching of wildlife can have significant effects on local populations of wildlife, which in turn affects opportunities and success of law abiding hunters. This is especially true when commercial profit is involved, such as in this case,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Special Agent in Charge, Steve Oberholtzer.
Large quantities of salt placed by Rodebaugh, estimated at thousands of pounds over time, led to significant environmental damage in the Rio Blanco District of the White River National Forest and caused wildlife to gather in tight groups, increasing the possibility of transmitting diseases.
“Rodebaugh willfully violated numerous laws, put his clients in legal jeopardy and damaged habitat,” said Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie, of Meeker. “The court’s affirmation confirms what we knew all along — justice was appropriately served in this case.”
To report suspicious wildlife activity, contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Verizon phone users can call #OGT. Rewards may be available if the information leads to a conviction.
For more information about Operation Game Thief, visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/OGT.aspx.
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