I don't know how to post links, maybe someone can find the article in the Billings Gazette and post a link. Anyway, I brought this up in another thread, rather than derailing that one I thought I'd post a new one. They have a suspect in custody for the 3 elk that were poached in Musselshell county in MT. First off, I'd like to point out that I don't assume guilt. At this point this man is innocent, and I think it's important to let these things play out. Guilt is assumed in many cases. This does look bad for him at this point, but due process is one of our most important rights in this country, so I'm not judging him. Just pointing out that these crimes are being taken very seriously. I was wrong on the other thread when I stated that restitution for a trophy bull was 6500.00, apparently it's 8000.00. Nothing was taken from the kills, antlers and meat were left to waste. This is rare is poaching cases and shows how awful this crime was. At least take the meat!!! The waste makes it 10 times worse in my book. We're hoping for a shoulder season cow this year to keep our freezer full, and there's 3 bulls rotting away. Whoever did this needs to pay, I never thought I'd say this, but 83 years seems a bit harsh. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!!!! I hope he gets a fair trial, and if found guilty, gets a fair punishment for the crimes. I just don't know what a fair punishment for something like this would be. I'm thinking 5 years and 50 grand should do, no hunting for life obviously. What would you do if you were the judge?