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For the week of November 15 through 21, 2000

Road hunters busted

Fish and Game sting nets five offenders


By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer

A Department of Fish and Game sting operation Saturday about a mile east of Triumph netted five out-of-county hunters.

Three were cited for shooting from a public road, one was cited for hunting from inside a vehicle and one was cited for hunting an elk without a permit.

Imagine their surprise when the men discovered they had shot at a full-scale replica of a cow elk, placed there, along with a calf decoy, by Fish and Game officers.

Since charges have not been filed in court, Fish and Game officials would not release the men’s names, but said they were from Rupert, Buhl, Twin Falls and Boise.

If the men are convicted, fines will run in the neighborhood of $97 each.

"Over the years we’ve had a lot of complaints from homeowners in the area about people shooting from the roadway," Fish and Game conservation officer Lee Frost said. "I think it’s very common."

Conforming to the law would not have been difficult for the men cited. All a hunter has to do to obey the law is step off the road.

Using decoys is a common practice state-wide, Frost said, though they weren’t used this year as much as in previous years.

"You would hope that people come by and say that’s not a sportsmanlike shot," Frost said. "The people we got were the ones who hit the skids and started blasting."

 

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