An Arizona man was charged in Montana after he was found to have 65 sharp-tailed grouse in his possession.
Mernice P. Alkire, a 72-year-old man from Mesa, Arizona was charged with taking too many game birds, unlawful possession, and waste of game birds in Phillips County Montana.
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) the legal possession limit for sharp-tailed grouse is 16 birds.
The resulting guilty plea from the man garnered him a hefty $605 in fines, $825 in restitution, and a 24-month ban from hunting and fishing privileges in the state of Montana.
Game Warden Ben Morin said, “With such a gross over possession limit, many opportunities were taken away from the hunting public.”
The FWP implores bird hunters to take note of all current game regulations and possession limits.
Hunter are reminded to retain identification of game birds by making sure that at least one wing is naturally attached on sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mountain grouse and Hungarian partridge.
Pheasants in the state must have at least one leg attached for proper identification.