Hunter who shot mule deer out of season and then displayed the mount at hunting expo harshly sentenced.
A poacher will serve jail time and pay thousands in fines for shooting a large mule deer buck out of season before displaying its mount at a hunting expo.
Nathan Strong of Big Piney shot the mule deer last year. It was well known among locals due to its large non-typical rack.
After having it mounted, Strong took it with him to the 2016 Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City. It was quickly recognized by fellow sportsmen who had photographed the buck shortly after the season was over.
The men reported the mount to Big Piney Wildlife Officer Adam Hymas, who quickly looked into the matter. After a short investigation Strong admitted to shooting it out of season under a whitetail deer tag.
Strong appeared in court Tuesday, October 25 to receive sentencing. He was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine with $5,000 suspended and an additional $4,000 in restitution. Along with 10 days in jail and a one year probation, all of his hunting and fishing privleges will be suspended for seven years.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has expressed great gratitude for the public taking a stand against poachers and their help with the case.
They ask everyone to follow in these steps and report any violations they see to their local wildlife officials.