A father and son from Kuna now face fines and jail time for their roles in a mule deer poaching that occurred near Danskin Peak north of Mountain Home.
A tip from hunters who witnessed the poaching were helpful in solving the case, according to Idaho Fish and Game officials.
Appearing before Magistrate Judge George Hicks on December 3, David Howell, 53 and his son Adam, 29, both from Kuna, were ordered to pay fines and civil penalties totaling more than $1,400.
“David Howell received a ten-year hunting license revocation, two years of probation and surrendered a Ruger M77 rifle used to commit the poaching. He also received 180 days in jail (165 suspended), and was ordered to serve five days in jail. For the next two years, he will return to jail for the first five days of October to complete his jail sentence. It is no coincidence that early October signifies the beginning of Idaho’s big game hunting season,” said Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Evan Oneale.
In addition to his fines and penalties, Adam Howell received a three-year hunting license revocation, 90 days in jail (88 suspended) and two years of probation.
According to reports, on November 17th, two hunters participating in the archery-only season watched two men use a rifle to poach a mule deer, then load the animal into their vehicle. The hunters called Fish and Game staff, and Mountain Home conservation officer Greg Milner, together with Nampa conservation officer Brian Marek responded. Milner contacted the witnesses, who showed him photos of the vehicle, the suspects with the deer, and the vehicle license plate. The witnesses also confirmed that the suspects were still in the area.
Milner later contacted the suspects. “They knew they were caught red-handed, and neither one made much of an attempt to lie about the situation,” Milner said. The pair told Milner that they went out that morning intent on shooting a mule deer with a rifle, knowing full well that only the bow season was open. “This poaching incident was 100 percent intentional,” Milner added.
Persons with information regarding any possible wildlife violations are encouraged to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.