Eagle wolf poacher loses cash and hunting rights

$1000 fine and loss of hunting privileges for one year

Randy Strickland shot the wolf pup from a road near Tyndall Meadows last fall before the season had opened there.  There were many witnesses who reported him.

Eagle wolf poacher loses cash and hunting rights.
Idaho Statesman



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  1. jon Avatar

    I wonder if this outcome would be the same if he had killed an elk.

    1. Save bears Avatar
      Save bears


      For a first time offender, I can say it probably would have been less..

    2. Mike Avatar

      Remember Jon, this guy isn’t a “hunter”. When you poach, a magical gnome removes the Hunter Moniker from your shirt and labels you a poacher. People who own hunting licenses never poach, ever.

    3. mikarooni Avatar

      My father hunted all his life; but, even he used to say that every poacher was a hunter before he got caught.

    4. Save bears Avatar
      Save bears

      Nobody has ever said, hunters don’t poach, but once they are caught poaching, they are no longer a hunter, they are criminal and should be punished as such.

  2. william huard Avatar
    william huard

    This was the guy that a number of hunters said was an ethical hunter who would not shoot a wolf from the road. Those darn witnesses- you have to be careful before you shoot a wolf for no reason. Where was the I was in fear of my life defense?

    1. John d. Avatar
      John d.

      “It’s commin’ right for us!”

      But seriously,
      Glad this git got the book thrown at him. As for the one year suspension, that’s a slap on the wrist.

    2. jon Avatar

      You mark my words, “ethical” hunters who hate wolves will end up turning into poachers if wolves get relisted.

    3. Save bears Avatar
      Save bears


      No need to mark your words, I am sure your right, some of the ethical hunters will allow their emotion to overcome their common sense and will kill wolves illegally..

  3. Mike Avatar

    Sad. He should lose his hunting license for life.

    Pathetic enforcement of the law here which will only encourage future hideous behavior.

  4. Hilljack Avatar

    I really doubt this would encourage people that it is worth doing. If your an idiot that shoots things when the season is closed you would do it anyways. I hunt for a lot of reasons but would call myself a sportsman or an conservationist before using the term hunter which denotes a person hunting for the purpose of food.

  5. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    99% of this fine springs from a) shooting from a roadway; always illegal, and b) attempting to deceive F&G about where it was shot.
    the fact it was a wolf probably resulted in a time off for good behavior consideration.


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