NV: Fallon Man Sentenced for Felony Poaching

A Nevada man pled guilty of felony poaching Tuesday, stemming
from a case discovered Jan. 7, of this year when a mule deer was
illegally shot and left to rot near Fallon.

Chad R. Blumhagen, 27, of Fallon pled guilty to unlawful killing of
a big game animal during a closed season and without a tag. He was
sentenced in Churchill County District Court to a suspended jail
sentence of 12-32 months and was given five years probation.
Blumhagen was also prohibited from hunting or fishing for the
duration of his probation and cannot be associated with anyone
hunting or fishing. He also cannot posses any antlers or wildlife
parts, cannot drink alcohol and has a curfew imposed by the court.
He was also ordered to forfeit all equipment used in the crime,
except his vehicle.

“This is a serious crime, and we are satisfied with the outcome of
the prosecution,” said Rob Buonamici, chief law enforcement officer
for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “This man shot in close
proximity to houses and then recklessly fled the area. This case
clearly shows that poaching not only steals wildlife from Nevadans,
it can also pose a real danger to the public.”

After his crime was discovered, Blumhagen evaded game wardens. He
finally surrendered to law enforcement authorities only after the
investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued. The crime was
reported by a concerned member of the public, still the best source
of information for discovering poached animals. Sportsmen and
members of the public can report wildlife violations to Operation
Game Thief at (800) 992-3030. To learn more about game wardens and
wildlife in Nevada visit NDOW on the web at www.ndow.org. The
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages
fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating
safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are
primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a
federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and
habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or
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