Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hunter legally takes bighorn, leaves meat, loses trophy in court

Some hunting groups in VT think this behavior should continue to be legal in Vermont. Others like the Federation of Sportsman's Clubs, VT Traditions and the VT Trappers Assn do not.

Hearings are set for the proposed Fish and Wildlife Board rule on Retrieval and Utilization. Let your voice be heard.

The public hearings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates as follows:

March 10 -- VT Fish & Wildlife office, 111 West Street, Essex Junction

March 11 – Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier

March 12 – Kehoe Conservation Camp, Castleton

Hunter legally takes bighorn, leaves meat, loses trophy in court

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February 18, 2009

Statesman Journal • February 18, 2009

A Gresham man who legally killed a bighorn ram will lose his hunting privileges for two years for leaving the carcass of the animal to rot near the John Day River.


Ronald Edward Cecil, 49, was sentenced in Gilliam County Circuit Court to $6,800 in restitution ($5,300 of it suspended), a year of judge-supervised probation and loss of the hunting privileges after pleading guilty to waste of wildlife.
The head and horns of the ram also were confiscated.


  1. Due to a poor job of drafting the Vt rule, the Federation has decided it can not support the rule and has declined to put forth revised language that it can support.
    Unless there is a strong turn out of concerned hunters to speak in favor of the rule it will probably fail.
    I intend to speak as an individual in favor of most parts of the rule and at least give voice to the views of responsible hunters who believe in honoring the animal by fully using it. The old edict - If you shoot it, you eat it.

  2. I don't understand, where can you shoot bighorn sheep in Vermont?

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