May 1, 2006
LEWISTON - Butchering a deer near East Main Street in Lewiston resulted in a
$1,980 fine, loss of hunting and fishing privileges for three years, loss of
rifle, probation for two years and 90 days served in jail for Richard Lee Black,
age 27, of Lewiston, Idaho.
On June 2, 2006, Nez Perce County District Judge Carl Kerrick sentenced Black, a
convicted felon, with unlawful possession of wildlife.
The case began November 3, 2005 when Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer,
George Fischer responded to reports of three men butchering a deer in the back
of a grey four-wheel drive Chevrolet pickup parked near Larry's Foods in North
When Fischer arrived at the scene, he observed a carton of bullets on the
dashboard and three individuals in the truck bed butchering a mature whitetail
buck. Noticing there was no deer tag attached to the carcass, Fischer asked who
shot the deer. After a brief silence, Black said that the deer belonged to Troy,
his brother-in-law's friend who just left. Black then said that he did not hunt,
and he let Troy borrow his truck to go hunting on Webb Ridge south of Lewiston.
After further questioning, Black denied having any guns in the vehicle and gave
Fischer permission to search his vehicle. Fischer soon discovered several spent
30-30 rifle shells, a Marlin 30-30, binoculars, and a spotlight plugged into the
Fischer explained to Black that without a tag, the deer was unlawful. He then
seized the deer and rifle and advised him that he would be charged with
possession of unlawfully taken deer if Troy did not come to the Fish and Game
office and explain why the deer was not tagged. Black assured Fischer that Troy
truly existed and that he would bring him to the office later that afternoon.
Fischer then drove to the Clearwater Regional office and at 3:00 p.m.,
determined the deer's temperature was 64 degrees Fahrenheit along the femur
bones. The temperature was indicative of an animal that had been killed 10 to 12
hours prior, thus was likely killed with the aid of artificial light
approximately 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. that morning.
After further investigation, Fischer discovered that Black was a suspended
driver and a convicted felon who could not posses a firearm. Black was also
cited for failure to tag, driving while suspended and in possession of a
firearm. These charges were dismissed and Black pled guilty to the misdemeanor
charge of unlawful possession of wildlife.
"This sentence sends a strong message that this sort of illegal activity won't
be tolerated," Fischer said. "The Nez Perce County Court system affirmed the
seriousness of this crime with the penalty given."
Concerned citizens play a vital role in helping protect Idaho's wildlife. Anyone
with information about wildlife violations are urged to contact their nearest
Fish and Game office, any local law enforcement authority or call the Citizens
Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and may
be eligible for a cash reward.