14 Convicted for Hunting Violations
(Pierre) – An undercover investigation conducted by the Department of Game Fish and Parks and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office has resulted in a string of convictions. The investigation was ongoing during the 1999 and 2000 hunting seasons at the Moschell commercial hunting operation near Fedora.
During the investigation agents witnessed numerous hunting violations including electronic communications while hunting both big and small game, protrusion of a firearm from a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm at a wild animal from a vehicle, more than 20 persons in a hunting group, possession of hen pheasants, use of motor vehicles to disturb game, unlawful possession of big game, failure to tag big game and lack of proper hunting licenses. Bill Moschell, Fedora, was convicted of 15 hunting violations. He was sentenced to over two years in jail. All but 60 of those days were suspended. He is ordered to pay the court over $5,000 and his hunting privileges have been revoked for three years.
Denis Moschell, Howard, was convicted of five hunting violations. He was sentenced to over three years in jail. All but 60 days of his sentence were suspended. Moschell is also ordered to pay the court over $4,000 and his hunting privileges have been revoked for three years.
Gene Smith, Mound, Minn., was convicted of three hunting violations. Smith was sentenced to over a year in jail. All but 60 days of the sentence were suspended. Smith is order to pay the court nearly $1,600 and his hunting privileges have been revoked for three years.
Moschell, Moschell, and Smith’s 60 day jail sentences will be served in three 20 day increments during the opening day of pheasant season for the next three years.
Rodney Moschell, Fedora, was convicted of two hunting violations. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay nearly $600. His entire jail sentence is suspended on the condition he obeys all laws and pays his fine in a timely manner.
Larry Anderson, Sioux Falls, was also convicted of two hunting violations. He was fined nearly $600 and his hunting and trapping privileges were revoked for one year.
Jay Goldammer, Howard, had a 30 day suspended jail sentence revoked for failing to comply with prosecutors. He was placed in the custody of the Miner County Sheriff.
Kurt Gartner, Plymouth, Minn.; Roger Pieper, Brandon; Dwayne Roby, Howard; Kerry Donahue, Dimock; John Grizzle, Pocola, Okla.; Jon Schmidt, Parkston; Randy Shumaker, Howard; and James Roby, Wentworth were previously convicted on 16 counts of related hunting violations.