The following is a news release from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game.
ST. ANTHONY – On September 15th, Brad Nicholas Hill was sentenced as part of a plea deal in Fremont County for wildlife violations that occurred in February 2022 near the St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
In 2022, Idaho Fish and Game Officers received an anonymous tip through the Citizens Against Poaching hotline regarding a headless mule deer buck near Egin. The information provided by the concerned citizen started an investigation by Fish and Game Conservation Officers, which ultimately confirmed that Hill had shot a large, mature antlered mule deer at night with a 22-caliber long rifle during closed season.
Hill was charged with a felony for taking a trophy mule deer during a closed season, and additional Fish and Game misdemeanors.
As part of a plea deal, Hill pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges for hunting big game during unlawful hours, and for taking a big game animal with an unlawful weapon. Hill was sentenced to 180 days in jail for each count concurrently with 150 days suspended and 30 days discretionary, supervised misdemeanor probation for two years, a $2,000 civil penalty for the trophy mule deer, a total of $1,000 in fines plus court costs, and a lifetime hunting revocation.
Idaho Fish and Game would like to thank the many members of the public that continue to report wildlife violations to the CAP hotline and provide the critical pieces of the puzzle that make solving cases like these possible. Also, a special thanks to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and involvement in this case.
Anyone who witnesses or has information regarding a Fish and Game violation is encouraged to “Make the Call” to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. In addition to the CAP hotline, people can contact their local Fish and Game office or any law enforcement authority.