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Area hunters face multiple misdemeanor charges

Posted: Monday, May 13th, 2013

TIMBER LAKE Hunters from Dewey County and Beadle County are facing charges for a variety of game violations.

The first of the defendants, Scott Eckmann, 53, of Cavour, appeared before Judge Warren Johnson in Fourth Circuit Court in Timber Lake on April 29 and pled guilty to unlawful possession of a big game animal. He admitted to using his tag for an antlerless whitetail deer shot by an undercover agent who was a member of a hunting party he was with, in November, 2012. Eckmann was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended, and fined $250. He will lose his hunting privileges for a year.

States Attorney Steve Aberle told the judge that Eckmann had the least violations of any of the defendants involved.

Eckmann was part of a hunting party that, according to documents filed by Special Assistant Attorney General Paul Bachand, committed several offenses in Dewey County in 2011 and 2012.

Doug Kraft, 39, of Timber Lake and John Paul Tschetter, 33, of Yale, allegedly the organizers of the hunting party, face 27 separate counts of possession of big game animals, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy to unlawfully possess big game animals.

They and the other defendants are accused of shooting at big game animals from motor vehicles, chasing big game animals with vehicles, transferring deer tags from one person to another, trespassing on property in order to take big game animals, and taking big game animals without the proper licenses.

The other defendants are Adam Doerr, 27, of Huron (three counts); William Fast, 48, of Yale (four counts); and Jeff J. Tschetter, 55, of Huron (one count).

All of the violations are Class I misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail, a $2000 fine, or both.

A preliminary hearing for the defendants is tentatively scheduled for June 24.

For the complete article see the 05-11-2013 issue.

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