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Wyoming Man Charged With Poaching Trophy Buck

No one gives hunters and sportsman a bad name worse than poachers.

They're the scum of the outdoor world, and more often than not they get away with a slap on the wrist or nothing at all. This case from Lander, Wyoming is a step in the right direction, though.

Joseph Holdren, a 28-year-old resident of the small neighboring town of Riverton, didn't have a license or permission to hunt on the private property he decided to take his AR-15 out on last winter. That didn't stop him from firing upon, and ultimately killing, a trophy buck that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department later reclaimed.

Here is the head of the buck, the only part of the animal that as able to be recovered. Pictured in the photo is Game Warden Brad Hovinga.

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The investigation, which started with a tip, came to a close when Holdren pleaded guilty on December 3, 2013 of poaching.

He has been ordered to pay over $12,000 in fines and restitution in addition to losing his hunting and fishing privileges in the state of Wyoming, as well as 39 other states, for 10 years. The AR-15 rifle he used to kill the deer was forfeited to the state.

As always, if you see an act of poaching or something you deem suspicious, make sure to notify the proper authorities in your area immediately. Poachers can be stopped - all it takes is one phone call.

Have you ever experienced poaching first hand, or in your community? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Wyoming Man Charged With Poaching Trophy Buck