By Cody J – B.O.C. April 11th 2019
Nobody likes a poacher. I think most of us can agree that the more extreme the punishment the better. The idea being that the next guy will see the tough punishments and choose not to poach. This isn’t always the case as lots of people are just assholes with no respect for conservation & will always break the law until they get whats coming. To those guys I just pray that they get caught.
On April 3rd, 2019 Cameron Overcast of Chinook Montana was sentenced for poaching 2 bull elk a 7×7 and a 6×6, 2 miles north of the Cow Creek Reservoir. His 7 different charges were;
- Waste of a game animal, game fish or game bird (two counts)
- Hunting or fishing during closed season (two counts)
- Failure to obtain landowner permission for hunting
- Unlawful hunting from public highway
- Hunting from a motor vehicle
Fish & Wildlife were able to track Overcast down through help on the Montana Tip Line.
He was sentenced to 3 years in prison all but 6 month were suspended & his hunting, fishing & trapping licences were revoked with a ban of 25 years.
Overcast waived his right to counsel and pled guilty in court in March. He must pay $9,000 in fines to Montana Parks, Parks & Wildlife.
His jail sentence is at the Valley County Detention Center with an option to go for treatment after 30 days. Whatever that means.
Its a very serious sentence. The fines and hunting/fishing/trapping ban of 25 years is excellent. The jail sentence I believe should be the full 6 months not this “after 30 days he may seek treatment”. They should have rounded the fines up to an even $10k.
I’m glad Montana is taking this extremely seriously and I believe other states and provinces should take note.
F this guy.