Elk poaching case cracked by FWP near Lewistown

Print Article

Twin brothers have been charged with 16 crimes, including eight felonies, stemming from what Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials describe as years of poaching activity on a Fergus County ranch.

James Stephen Page, of Garneill and William Thomas Page, of Spokane, Washington, both 32, are accused of illegally harvesting eight bull elk over several years on the 3 Bar Ranch, which is on the west side of the Snowy Mountains, southwest of Lewistown.

“The Pages are accused of serious crimes that should concern all sportsmen and sportswomen in Montana,” FWP Warden Shawn Briggs said. He was one of three FWP game wardens who worked the case.

“Our team worked very hard to bring these two men to justice,” he said in a release.

According to charging documents, the investigation conducted by Briggs, Warden Investigator Bryan Golie, and Warden Trey Gacke allege that the Pages hunted the 3 Bar Ranch without permission and without proper licenses between 2006 and 2016.

Seven of the poached bulls qualified as trophy animals, according to charging documents filed by Fergus County Attorney Kent Sipe.

State law defines a trophy elk as having at least six points on one antler; a main beam length on each antler of at least 43 inches and an inside spread of at least 36 inches.

The largest bull elk allegedly poached by the Pages scored 365 by the Boone and Crockett measuring procedures.

James Page is charged with six counts of felony unlawful possession of game animal (trophy bull elk), two counts of felony tampering with evidence, one count of misdemeanor hunting without a license, and two counts of misdemeanor failure to obtain landowner permission for hunting.

William Page is charged with one count of felony unlawful possession of game animal (trophy bull elk), one count of misdemeanor unlawful possession of game animal (non-trophy bull elk), and three counts of misdemeanor purchase of resident hunting license by non-resident.

If convicted, the brothers could lose for life their hunting and fishing privileges in Montana and face thousands of dollars in fines.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Lessons learned after a sad sight on the river

December 05, 2018 at 7:36 am | Hungry Horse News Imagine being hit by a car. Imagine that you have a gaping wound in your back leg, but you still manage to make it off the road and down to the Flathead River, where you get a drink and rest. But th...

Comments

Read More

NCDE grizzly delisting won’t come this year

December 05, 2018 at 7:32 am | Hungry Horse News The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service won’t propose delisting grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem this year. The Service will delay any decision until later this month, when it w...

Comments

Read More

Daines, Tester continue to push for LWCF monies

December 05, 2018 at 7:31 am | Hungry Horse News Montana’s two U.S. Senators were among a group of lawmakers on Thursday morning calling for the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by the end of the year. Republican ...

Comments

Read More

Gift ideas for the outdoorsy

December 05, 2018 at 7:29 am | Hungry Horse News For many years, this space has offered gift selections for the outdoorsies on your Christmas list. No exception this year, except this year’s list comes with renewed encouragement to purchase locall...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X