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Mule deer, one of the iconic big game species in Wyoming, were illegally taken by two men in southwest Wyoming in 2003. (Adobe Stock Photo)

the Game and Fish Forensics Laboratory in
Laramie to see if there was a match.
Olson and Morris then conducted a
thorough search of the area to see if there
was evidence of other wildlife crimes. They
located three gut piles and the bloated carcass
of an additional buck deer - a 4-by-5 with
a 24-inch rack. They necropsied the deer and
found a .25-caliber bullet - the same caliber
Jenkins was shooting. All of the carcasses and
gut piles were found on private land.
More evidence was needed to clinch
convictions, so Olson contacted wildlife
officers where Phillips and Jenkins lived and
obtained search warrants at their residences.
The case got an additional boost when the
lab in Laramie notified Olson the smaller of
the two deer hearts was from the spike buck.
During the search and interview with
Jenkins, a .25-06 rifle and several knives were
seized. Jenkins admitted to killing the spike,
one of the original 4-by-4 bucks confiscated
Oct. 1 and shooting at another buck deer,

Case Files highlights the
work Wyoming Game and Fish
Department wardens do to see wildlife
crimes through to convictions. Read more at
wgfd.wyo.gov/law-enforcement.
To report a wildlife violation, call the Stop
Poaching Hotline, 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877943-3847) or 1-307-777-4330 from out of
state. Or text " WGFD " to 847-411 or look for
the free Android app.
which Jenkins described as a " buck of a
lifetime. " It turned out that buck was the
4-by-5 discovered Oct. 3. Jenkins also said
Phillips dumped the spike when following
the landowner to meet Olson.
During the search of Phillips' residence,
officers found no items associated with the
crimes, including no rifle. Phillips said he gave
the rifle to his son in Pocatello, Idaho, and it

		

was later voluntarily given to Game and Fish.
When the carnage was tallied from the
pastors' poaching spree, four buck mule deer
were killed with one, unvalidated deer license,
and two of the deer went to waste.
On April 7, 2004, the men were sentenced
in Third District Circuit Court in Evanston.
Phillips pleaded guilty to one count each of
trespassing, failure to tag a big game animal and
accessory to taking an antlered deer without a
license. Phillips was fined $340, ordered to pay
$5,000 restitution and forfeit his 7mm rifle,
had his hunting privileges revoked for five years
and was placed on five years of unsupervised
probation.
Jenkins pleaded guilty to one count of
trespassing and wanton destruction of a big
game animal and two counts of taking a
deer without a license. He was fined $7,070,
ordered to pay $4,600 restitution and forfeit
his .25-06 rifle, had his hunting privileges
revoked 15 years and placed on 36 months
of unsupervised probation.
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March 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March 2021

Cover
From the Director
In this issue
A couple pennies
Mailbag
Opening shot
News
Ask Game and Fish
Project profiles
Case files
In the field
Tracking the rarest carnivores
Seeking the slam
A family matter
Getting kids outside
Wild country dispatch
Backpage
March 2021 - Cover
March 2021 - From the Director
March 2021 - In this issue
March 2021 - A couple pennies
March 2021 - Mailbag
March 2021 - Opening shot
March 2021 - 7
March 2021 - News
March 2021 - 9
March 2021 - 10
March 2021 - 11
March 2021 - Ask Game and Fish
March 2021 - Project profiles
March 2021 - Case files
March 2021 - 15
March 2021 - In the field
March 2021 - 17
March 2021 - Tracking the rarest carnivores
March 2021 - 19
March 2021 - 20
March 2021 - 21
March 2021 - 22
March 2021 - 23
March 2021 - 24
March 2021 - 25
March 2021 - Seeking the slam
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March 2021 - 28
March 2021 - 29
March 2021 - 30
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March 2021 - A family matter
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March 2021 - Getting kids outside
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March 2021 - Wild country dispatch
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March 2021 - Backpage
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