Fish Poachers Sentenced South Dakota.
Conservation Officer Lee Leuning of Pierre caught two brothers from Chadron, Nebraska with 110 walleyes for three days of fishing. The daily limit is four fish with a possession of eight total. One was fined $2350, sentenced to one year in jail but served 96 days on conditions of the court, he may not hunt or fish in South Dakota for five years and must also pay $50 per fish for a total of $2350 in civil damages. He was also fined $500 and must pay $1000 restitution for damages to the motel where he stayed.
His brother was fined $2350, sentenced to one year in jail but served 120 days on condition of the court, may not hunt or fish in South Dakota for five years and must also pay $50 per fish for a total of $2750 in civil damages. He must pay $962.61 in restitution to the motel for damages.
These two poachers took a daily limit for over 24 fisherman. One concerned citizen's call is all it took. For there three day fishing trip, it cost them over $12,000 and they did not get to keep any fish.