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Social Media in Uproar over the Death of Cecil a prized African Lion

It is a fine line that all those that hunt and fish are faced with on a regular basis.  Many on the outside feel that the passion we have for the great outdoors is barbaric at best.  Many of us that are a part of our love for the great outdoors cringe when yet another bad apple rises to the surface.  Especially one that has tested the line before.  On July 1st we were made aware by the folks at GrindTV about another such case.  After many of the articles written about the social out cry after legal kills of lions over the past year you would assume that someone like this would be a bit more cautious when testing the line of a legal or illegal kill.  As many of us know it is the judgement of the person behind the weapon to secure that they are making a legal kill not blame the guide.

Death of Northern White Rhino 

This news coming just before the news that the world has only 4 northern white rhinos left, three of which are still in the wild.  Though they are being protected around the clock, money procured through legal hunts affords this security, news such as the illegal lion hunt taint the good we do as a community overall.  It provides ammunition to a crowd of haters that should be silenced by how much we do to continue and preserve the vary animals we love to eat and/or catch.  

Hunting is Conservation

It sounds weird but it has been proven time and time again.  When a hunter, angler or just your average joe respect and care for the rules, regulations and support the industry through obtaining the proper forms and licenses we conserve.  There are hundreds of websites even our own that consistently taught the great things we do for our environment and mutual inhabitants.  Like in many of the different areas of our world and our lives the mistakes of the few should not be the burden of the many.  We hope you continue to help support different great organizations and social media outlets to help promote all the great things we do to help protect and grow the populations and species we have the passion to share on the photo walls.  The gear section is a great place to share your food plots and ideas on how to promote the species in the lakes, ponds and on the lands you venture to on a regular basis.  It will only be a matter of time before we as a community will grow to one large voice.  We hope that you help us grow our member base so that we can make that voice stronger.

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem get more than frustrated when certian factions of the population help promote poor practices when it comes to hunting and fishing.  Bad apples always seem to make matters worse.  Though we think the promoting of articles such as this are a double edged sword since they promote the fact that sometimes illegal activities in the two sports occur, we hope that people take it as a lesson that practices such as this should be punishable to the full extent of the law.  Sure mistakes in the field are bound to happen.  We are only human.  But blatent cases such as this are flat inexcusable.

A federal judge on Tuesday set a resentencing date in the case of two Texas brothers who ran a hunting camp in Kansas where hunters paid thousands of dollars to illegally shoot deer.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot scheduled James and Marlin Butler’s sentencing for Aug. 28 in the wake of an appeals court ruling overturning their prison terms.

Belot told attorneys in a letter that he would hear testimony at the resentencing about the fair market price of wild deer parts such as antlers and mounts.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in its decision last year, said the district court made a mistake in 2011 in calculating sentences on the full price of a guided hunt, rather than the actual value of the animals.

The Butlers, of Martinsville, Texas, ran Camp Lone Star near Coldwater, Kan. James Butler owned the camp and was initially sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $25,000 in restitution to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Marlin Butler, who worked as a guide, was initially sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution.

In September, the appeals court threw out the prison terms and sent the case back to the district court in Kansas for resentencing.

The federal investigation into Camp Lone Star is believed to be one of the largest criminal prosecutions involving the illegal taking of deer. The Butler brothers were convicted under the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits interstate transport of any wildlife taken in violation of state regulations. Search warrants were executed in Louisiana, Kansas and Texas.

At least 25 hunters were eventually sentenced on lesser charges connected to activities at the hunting camp.

The brothers pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and violation of the Lacey Act. James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

The appeals court took issue with U.S. District Court Judge Wesley Brown’s valuation of the animals involved. Brown valued them at $120,000, a figure that resulted in an eight-level enhancement to the guideline range sentence. The appeals court said the district court must ascertain the actual retail market value of the deer in calculating a new sentence. However, James Butler still will be required to pay $25,000 to Kansas, the appeals court said.

Prosecutors said the Butler brothers charged out-of-state hunters $3,500 per hunt with archery equipment and $5,000 per hunt with a firearm for guided hunts at Camp Lone Star and some 50,000 nearby acres leased for hunting activities in Kansas.

The government alleged that during the guided hunts, the Butlers and others encouraged hunters to take deer illegally by hunting without a valid license. The brothers also are accused of letting hunters illegally spotlight deer during night hunts and use illegal equipment, such as firearms during archery season.

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