Montana man convicted of poaching four bucks


Photo credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A Montana man recently lost his hunting privileges for the next 16 years after poaching four mule deer bucks last October. Brayden Reed was convicting of spotlighting and shooting two bucks on Oct. 2 and a third buck on private property on Oct. 8 before taking them to BLM’s Ah-Nei Recreation Area where he removed the antlers and backstraps, according to a press release

Reed did not have a valid hunting license at the time nor tags for any of the deer. All of the incidents occurred before the start of general deer season on Oct. 23. The bonus? During the investigation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Connor Langel also discovered a fourth illegally killed mule deer. 

Reed pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful possession of deer, two counts of wasting game, three counts of hunting during a closed season, two counts of unlawful use of equipment, two counts of hunting without a license and one count of killing more than a limit of deer along with additional crimes of littering and resource damage.

Along with losing his hunting privileges in all states that honor the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, he is required to pay fines and restitution exceeding $6,000. He also forfeited the rifle used to kill the deer.

Reed was discovered thanks to a tip phoned into MFWP’s call-in number at 1-800-TIP-MONT.

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