A man, Shiloh Berry of Townsend, Montana was recently sentenced for poaching. A trophy-sized bull moose with 56 inch wide antlers to be specific. A bull with a B&C score of 167 gross, 145 net. In other words, not a little guy.

Officers of Montana’s FWP were contacted in November of 2019 through the department tip number, 1-800-TIP-MONT. A citizen told the FWP that there was a moose carcass several miles outside of town.

During an investigation of the scene, officers found the moose carcass. Its head was removed, and officers found tire and boots tracks surrounding the animal.

Again in April of 2020, a citizen contacted FWP through their tip number. This time stating the Shiloh had been talking about “finding” moose antlers in the same area where the moose was poached.

A search warrant was issued for Shiloh’s residence. At the residence, the antlers were found and investigators were able to match both the boot tracks and tire tracks. In an interview with FPW officers, Shiloh admitted to poaching the moose.

Likewise, an article written earlier on EhuntR talked about knowing your local tip-line. You can read the article here. It is crucial to help wildlife officers protect our resources. Fish & Game can’t do it all on their own.

“Montana game wardens rely on tips from people who observe crimes against wildlife. FWP’s 24-hour hotline for reporting these crimes is 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.” – Montana FWP Press Release

The Sentence

In addition, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a game animal, hunting without a valid license, and waste of a game animal.

Consequently, Shiloh’s sentence for poaching includes a lifetime ban from hunting and trapping in Montana. Moreover, he is ordered to pay $12,100 in fines, a three-year suspension of fishing privileges, and a suspended five-year prison term.

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