A Lewistown man has been fined $5,610, lost his hunting and fishing privileges for seven years, sentenced to 40 hours community service and forfeited his rifle for poaching an elk.
Devin J. Reppe, 22, agreed to a plea agreement and was sentenced Dec. 23 for killing a six-point bull elk illegally in October 2013.
“Reppe killed an elk after dark from a road near Roy,” says Shawn Briggs, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden. “He shot the bull and left it. And he used a rifle during archery season.”
This shooting, near Black Butte south of Roy, occurred while Reppe had his hunting and fishing privileges revoked for a 2011 incident in which he participated in shooting a white-tailed deer doe after dark.
After several months of investigating the October 2013 incident, Briggs cited Reppe in June 2014. Reppe finally agreed to a plea agreement and was sentenced in December by Fergus County Justice of the Peace Jack Shields.
Shields sentence was:
- Reppe was fined $1,535 and lost his privileges for 24 months for unlawful possession of an unlawfully killed elk.
- Fined $535 for hunting during a closed season.
- Fined $335 for waste of game.
- Fined $2,035 and loss of privileges for 60 months for spotlighting, a second offense, to run consecutively with the 24 month loss of privileges.
- Fined $1,035 and required to perform five, eight-hour days of community service for hunting while privileges were forfeited.
- Fined $135 for unlawfully hunting from a public highway.
- Forfeited his firearm.
(Report via Montana FWP; Feature photo via budsblather.com)