It could take hunters in Colorado up to 22 years to draw a tag to hunt trophy elk in Unit 2, so a Denver man decided to circumvent the process. He went hunting without the proper tag and bagged a trophy elk.
It was a big—and expensive—mistake.
A "concerned hunter" provided information about the illegal hunt to the Turn in Poachers program also know as TIP, according to the Craig Daily Press.
The information about the 2015 hunt led to the successful conviction this week of Agapito Alarid, who admitted to shooting the six-point bull last year and pleaded guilty in Moffat County Court, FOX 31 in Denver reported.
The poacher was fined $1,000, the usual charge for an illegal hunt, and an additional $10,000 because the elk had six points on one antler beam.
He might also lose his Colorado hunting and fishing privileges for up to five years. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife will make that determination after reviewing the case.
"Ethical hunters wait patiently for years just to qualify for the chance to hunt in a unit like this," Assistant Area Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro of Craig told FOX 31. "Those that violate the law and take away an opportunity from conscientious hunters are a serious problem. We are very grateful the person who witnessed this gave us the information we needed to convict this individual."
As a result, that person, a fellow hunter, will be rewarded with a limited license for the same unit and species as the reported violation, under the Samson Law.
In addition to praising the witness, Swaro also gave a word of appreciation to the Colorado 14th Judicial District.
"Alexandra Jennings with the DA's office showed great determination to protect Colorado's valuable wildlife resource," Swaro told the Craig Daily Press. "Poachers steal from everyone in Colorado. The local district attorney's office understands how important it is for poachers to pay for their crimes."
The meat from the recovered elk was donated to people in need in Denver while the antlers will be used for educational purposes.
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