This week, a licensed Wyoming outfitter was charged with the illegal transfer of client hunting licenses. Jon Ball of “Jons Outdoors” admitted that in 2017, he used a client’s antelope and deer license for himself and another hunter in his hunting camp after the original client could not make the trip, Sweetwater Now reports.
“What makes this case even more serious is this is the second time Ball has done this in less than 10 years,” said Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman.
Ball used the deer license for himself and gave the antelope license to John McDougal.
This isn’t the first time that Ball has done this. According to Sweetwater Now, Ball was convicted of the same violation in 2009 and had to pay $3,000 in fines and restitution; he also lost his hunting privileges for three years. This time, Ball signed a plea agreement. He will pay $8,000 in fines and restitution and lose his hunting privileges for eight years in 47 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. John and his brother, Earl McDougal, were cited for “taking an over limit of big game animals and hunting in the wrong area” and ordered to pay $1,500 in fines and restitution.
What do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime?