The last of six South Dakota residents has been sentenced for poaching deer in 2011 and 2012 near Timber Lake.
John Tschetter, 32, of Yale, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Dewey County to eight crimes, the state said. He must pay $23,500 in fines, damages and restitution and serve 28 days in jail, including four days at the opening of each of the next four West River Deer seasons. Tschetter also must complete a hunter safety class, forfeit two rifles and lose his hunting privileges for six years.
The five other people were convicted of one crime each and sentenced earlier. They lost their hunting licenses for a year and were fined.
William Fast, 49, of Yale, must pay a $2,336 fine and $2,000 in civil penalties; Adam Doerr, 28, of Huron, was fined $1,752 and also ordered to pay $2,000 in civil penalties; Jeff Tschetter, 55, of Huron, and Kayce Tschetter, 32, of Yale, were each fined $584; and Scot Eckmann, 53, of Cavour, was fined $334.
The state said the convictions are the result of a two-year investigation by the Game, Fish and Parks Department. Wildlife officers responded to tips from people in Dewey County and documented trips the group made to the Timber Lake area in western South Dakota.
Tschetter and the others broke numerous game laws, the state said. They included: big game tag transfers, chasing big game with motor vehicles, shooting at big game from motor vehicles, hunting without licenses, failing to tag big game animals, improper use of radios to hunt big game, taking over limits of game and wanton waste of game.