Two Texas residents and an Oklahoma man have been arrested for taking game without a license as well as other offenses.
Hunter Brown of Marlow, Oklahoma, has been charged with one count of taking a deer without a license and one count of wasting or abandoning big game. Robert Pegg of Limestone, Texas, has been charged with two counts of taking deer without a license and two counts of wasting or abandoning big game, while Ryan Devorsky of Waco, Texas, was arrested for one count of taking an antelope without a license and one count of wasting or abandoning big game.
The incidents stem from Oct. 8, when the three were stopped by Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Game Warden Troy Achterhof on School Creek County Road near Thunder Basin National Grassland east of Wright, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial District on Oct. 9.
Achterhof stopped the vehicle as they approached on the two-track road where he conducted a routine field check for hunting licenses. When he made contact with the three men, Pegg, who was driving, allegedly told the game warden that they weren’t hunting but instead were “looking at wildlife,” according to the affidavit.
When asked for their licenses and inquiring whether or not they had shot any game, Pegg reportedly said, “they did not have any game,” while handing Achterhof a doe/deer license for deer area 164, type 8, as well as an antelope tag for doe/fawn in area 24, type 7.
Brown and Devorsky had the same licenses, though Devorsky had reportedly forgotten his at home and had not purchased duplicates, court documents state.
None of the licenses were properly detached, notched or signed, per the affidavit.
When asked to be directed to their camping site off School Creek Road, Achterhof found three separate coolers containing meat, court documents state.
Pegg admitted to taking an antelope buck near Worland on Oct. 2 while not in possession of a valid license for that area. He allegedly told Achterhof that he didn’t realize the animal was a buck until after he’d fired, per the affidavit. He also admitted to shooting a doe mule deer on Oct. 4, another on Oct. 6 and a buck mule deer on Oct. 8, all without valid licenses for the kills. He also admitted to leaving edible portions of each animal in the field, the affidavit states.
Devorsky also allegedly admitted to taking a whitetail doe on Oct. 2, which he failed to tag, leaving portions of the animal in the field, per the affidavit, for which he kept no evidence of sex. He also reportedly admitted to taking a mule deer spike on Oct. 3, which he claimed to have thought was a doe, as well as an antelope buck while not in possession of a license for that animal. He, too, reportedly left portions in the field, the affidavit states.
For his part, Brown reportedly admitted to shooting a doe mule deer near Worland, which he failed to tag, a mule deer doe off Bishop Road and an antelope doe near Worland. He did not possess a valid license for any of these animals, per the affidavit. He, too, reportedly admitted to leaving edible portions of all three animals in the field, the affidavit states.
Achterhof further stated that an inventory of the coolers revealed portions of a mule deer that was unaccounted for. None of the hunters could verify who had killed this deer, which was harvested without a license.
None of the three are currently incarcerated at Campbell County Detention Center, according to staff. A representative could not state whether the three had made bond or clarify the circumstances of their release.
Warden Achterhof declined to comment on the case, citing the fact that the investigation is still ongoing. According to Wyoming Statute23-3-102 (a), the three men face a fine between $5,000 to $10,000 and imprisonment up to a year, or both, for each count.