(WSAU-Wheeler News) Two central Wisconsin men have been fined thousands-of-dollars for killing three buck-mule deer in Wyoming with licenses illegally transferred to them.
James Kafka and Bob Schneeberger, both of Mosinee, were cited for poaching trophy-class animals. Kafka was fined just over $10,000 plus fees -- and he must pay $4,000 in restitution. Schneeberger was fined just over $5,000, plus fees. He must also pay $2,000 in restitution.
Authorities said both men illegally killed the deer on a secluded private ranch in Sheridan County Wyoming in early October of last year. The ranch owners, Debra and Chuck Belus, pleaded guilty in December to making illegal license transfers. They were each fined $200. All four defendants also lost their hunting privileges for three years.
Media reports in Wyoming said Kafka and Schneeberger applied for non-resident deer hunting licenses, but did not get them in a drawing last June. Officials said the two planned their trip anyway, assuming that no one would catch them in such a remote area.