Second Poacher Pleads Guilty
(Sheridan, Wyo.) According to a press release from the Sheridan Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, on Aug. 9, 2018, the second of two South Dakota residents pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the illegal taking of a buck mule deer in Wyoming.
On Nov. 2, 2017, Newcastle Game Warden Troy Achterhofe received an anonymous call stating that occupants in a white Dodge pickup with South Dakota license plates had just shot at a buck mule deer on the School Creek Road southeast of Wright in Deer Hunt Area 10. Only 100 antlered deer licenses were issued for that area in 2017. Regardless, the mule deer season had closed for the year on Oct. 16.
While investigating the next morning, Achterhof and South Gillette Game Warden Dustin Kirsch heard a gunshot nearby and saw a vehicle matching the report.
The wardens stopped the vehicle and identified the occupants as Forrest Schramm of Hot Springs, S.D. and Jared Frasier of Custer, S.D. Both subjects admitted to attempting to take a mule deer buck.
The buck mule deer that had been shot by Schramm the day before was located lying in the snow paralyzed, and Schramm was placed under arrest for intentionally taking an antlered big game animal without a license and during a closed season. The animal was euthanized and Frasier was also placed under arrest as an accessory to the crime. Both suspects were transported by Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies to the detention center in Gillette.
Further investigation revealed that, in the hours it laid in a paralyzed state, the mule deer had suffered repeated puncture wounds, likely inflicted by another buck. Inside the vehicle, Kirsch discovered four firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, various hunting gear and four unused 2017 South Dakota deer licenses issued to Schramm.
On April 4, 2018, Schramm pleaded guilty to intentionally taking a buck mule deer during a closed season, without a license, using an illegal firearm cartridge for taking big game, and shooting from a public road. He was assessed fines and restitution of $9,525 and forfeited a Remington .22-250 rifle with a Zeiss scope.
On Aug. 9, 2018, Frasier pleaded guilty as an accessory to intentionally taking a buck mule deer during a closed season, without a license. He was assessed fines and restitution of $6,555.
In addition, both men lost their privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in Wyoming and 46 other Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact states for three years.