Hunting violation case moves forward

Three men receive fines; five plead not guilty, await trials

By Sarah Pridgeon

 

Of the eight people associated with Whitetail Creek Outfitters at Devils Tower who stand accused of more than 150 violations of Wyoming statutes, three have received fines and forfeitures. The remaining five pled not guilty and will appear in Crook County Circuit Court in the coming weeks.

The bulk of the allegations are attributed to Bradley Greba of Devils Tower, who has pled not guilty to all 100 violations. Greba has been accused of 43 counts of shipping or transporting a game animal outside of Wyoming without a tag; 47 counts of outfitting without a license; seven counts of being an accessory before or after the fact; and three charges of failing to report a violation.

Richard Lemay of Montana has pled not guilty to two charges of failing to report a violation; one of transferring a license, stamp, tag or coupon; one of taking a furbearing animal without a license and 12 charges of being an accessory before or after the fact. Wade Spracher of Hulett has pled not guilty to two charges of acting as a professional guide without a license.

James Schump and Michael Brooks have each pled not guilty to ten counts of acting as a professional guide without a license.

Greba is expected to appear in Circuit Court for a scheduling conference regarding the alleged violations on August 19. Court appearance dates have yet to be set for Lemay, Spracher, Schump and Brooks.

Of the violations attributed to Kimmel Evans of Kansas, seven were dismissed by the prosecution. Evans paid total forfeiture of $1760 on one count of taking a bobcat without a license; five counts of being an accessory before or after the fact; and two counts of failure to report a violation.

Six of the violations attributed to Ronald Mummert of Pine Haven were dismissed by the prosecution. Mummert paid total forfeiture of $2600 for five counts of acting as a professional guide without a license.

Timothy Freed of Pennsylvania is the only associate of Whitetail Creek Outfitters to have appeared in court at time of going to press, pleading guilty to four counts of being an accessory before or after the fact. Freed received fines and fees in the amount of $610.

All violations allegedly took place between 2004 and 2013. The issue came to light during an investigation by the Wyoming Board of Professional Guides and Outfitters and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, under the oversight of John Demaree, Laramie Wildlife Investigator.