WENDOVER — In separate hearings in Elko County courts in late May, two men were sentenced for the unlawful killing of a mule deer, stemming from an illegal shooting in 2009.
Richard George Moore and Michael Ray Gunter, both of Wendover, were sentenced in separate hearings for the Nov. 21, 2009 incident. A game warden saw Moore shoot a trophy-class mule deer with a rifle during an archery-only season.
Moore was sentenced in on May 17 in Elko District Court for a gross misdemeanor of killing a mule deer with a method other than prescribed on the permit. He was ordered to forfeit his binoculars, bow, arrows, quiver, range finder and to pay a $5,000 in civil penalty. Moore also agreed to forfeit his privileges to hunt, trap or fish for a period of five years, and forfeit the ability to apply to hunt big game animals for an additional five years.
Gunter pled guilty on May 25 in Elko Justice Court to a one count misdemeanor of unlawful possession of mule deer. He agreed to the revocation of his hunting privileges for three years, forfeiture of a firearm and pickup truck used in the crime, a civil penalty of $2,500 and an additional fine of $632.
Anyone with information on poaching cases in Nevada can contact Operation Game Thief (OGT) at (800) 992-3030. Callers can receive rewards for information and calls will remain anonymous.