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Wyoming outfitter guilty of transferring hunting licenses


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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.

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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?


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Gary H. - posted 9 months ago on 01-27-2018 05:18:31 am

Why didn't they pull the outfitters license from him?

SETH D. - posted 9 months ago on 01-27-2018 01:24:59 am
Big Wonderful Wyoming

The problem is I think he can still outfit.

Zachary T. - posted 9 months ago on 01-26-2018 11:12:47 am
Saint Peters, MO

I would like to start by saying, I certainly know and understanding that there are many outfitting business that operate ethically. Now for my comment:

As far as punishment, its hard to say how much he received per client while outfitting, but I'm sure $8,000 is probably at least a weekly salary for his business. I feel that the fine was very weak. I'm sure this was due to legal negotiations and a plea settlement, but it also gives me the impression (as a non-resident of Wyoming) that the state is very lenient with their treatment of outfitters. I realize the broadness of that statement, but as a non-resident I cant help but feel that Wyoming state lawmakers pander to the outfitting businesses. Tag price hikes, extreme preference point creep, and wilderness restrictions make it difficult for DIY non-resident hunter to justify making a trip Wyoming. I am very gracious for every opportunity I get to hunt out west, and feel honored to contribute a boost to rural economies. I still fully plan on hunting Wyoming in the future, but I'm nonetheless disgusted by these unethical business practices by outfitters and their impacts on hunter/angler public opinion.