Three Butte area men pled guilty in Jefferson County Justice Court late last week to charges stemming from a November 18 hunting incident in Aspen Valley Estates near Boulder.

According to witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene, John Foley and Michael Hoar of Butte, and Edmund McSweeney of Ramsay (along with a 15-year-old hunter) pursued a group of elk with a vehicle, trespassed through one property, and located the group of elk on another property. At that point, they began shooting into the herd from the road and continued firing while moving onto private property. One cow elk was killed, and at least three other cow elk were wounded. Two of the wounded elk were taken by hunters later that day.

No one in the group had the required license to hunt cow elk in the hunting district (HD 380), nor did they have permission from the private landowners. Each pled guilty to Hunting without License and Unlawful Possession of a Game Animal.

John Foley was fined $1,070.00 and ordered to pay restitution of $1000.00. He also lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 48 months. Both Michael Hoar and Edmund McSweeney were fined $1,035.00 and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 48 months. The 15-year-old was not charged.

Boulder area Game Warden Justin Gibson said, “On top of the violations themselves and their blatant disregard for safety, it’s really unfortunate to see the way in which these three adults modeled unlawful and unethical hunting behavior to the young hunter in their company. Hopefully, this will be a hard lesson learned.”

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3 thoughts on “Three Butte Area Men Plead Guilty to Hunting Violations in Montana

  1. Unfortunately like much of the news that is put out, this story is biased towards what “Justin Gibson” wants you to believe as he seems to have a vendetta towards these individuals. Did the author of this story interview everyone? Nope, just Justin Gibson and what he wants you to believe. My guess is the story broke out because Justin Gibson himself went to the newspaper to further try to ruin the reputation of these individuals and in my opinion defamation of character may be taking place as many of these facts are just not true. If you dig deeper into the story you will find that there is a completely different side not mentioned here. Many of the facts of the story are left out including how some of the people in this group have always had their licenses each year, and were handicap which allows you to shoot from your vehicle. If you look at Montana Code Title 87, Section 2-803, part 4 it mentions that a person certified as disabled can be issued a permit to hunt from a vehicle. This is not being lazy. Apparently there may have been a mix-up at the store where the licenses were purchased, however, fault does lie within the individuals for not double checking what they had in their wallets, which is why they plead guilty under advisement from their lawyers. However, the integrity of these individuals should not be questioned, there is absolutely no motive for why these individuals would have behaved in the manner that Justin Gibson would want people to believe. Some of these individuals have been well respected hunters for over 50 years always paying all of their required licensing dues and permits and have been certified as disabled since 2005. If Justin wants to mention unethical behavior, the way his behavior was towards the 15 year old during the incident slurring off F-words in my opinion was completely unacceptable. As a government worker getting his salary from taxpayer dollars, I feel the way he conducts the state’s business is questionable. In my opinion what is really going on here is a case of someone enjoying his power trip and blowing something completely out of proportion at the expense of others to make him look good. Pathetic.

  2. Unfortunately like much of the news that is put out, this story is biased towards what “Justin Gibson” wants you to believe as he seems to have a vendetta towards these individuals. Did the author of this story interview everyone? Nope, just Justin Gibson and what he wants you to believe. My guess is the story broke out because Justin Gibson himself went to the newspaper to further try to ruin the reputation of these individuals and in my opinion defamation of character may be taking place as many of these facts are just not true. If you dig deeper into the story you will find that there is a completely different side not mentioned here. Many of the facts of the story are left out including how some of the people in this group have always had their licenses each year, and were handicap which allows you to shoot from your vehicle. If you look at Montana Code Title 87, Section 2-803, part 4 it mentions that a person certified as disabled can be issued a permit to hunt from a vehicle. This is not being lazy. Apparently there may have been a mix-up at the store where the licenses were purchased, however, fault does lie within the individuals for not double checking what they had in their wallets, which is why they plead guilty under advisement from their lawyers. However, the integrity of these individuals should not be questioned, there is absolutely no motive for why these individuals would have behaved in the manner that Justin Gibson would want people to believe. Some of these individuals have been well respected hunters for over 50 years always paying all of their required licensing dues and permits and have been certified as disabled since 2005. If Justin wants to mention unethical behavior, the way his behavior was towards the 15 year old during the incident slurring off F-words in my opinion was completely unacceptable. As a government worker getting his salary from taxpayer dollars, I feel the way he conducts the state’s business is questionable. In my opinion what is really going on here is a case of someone enjoying his power trip and blowing something completely out of proportion at the expense of others to make him look good.

  3. Unfortunately like much of the news that is put out, this story is biased towards what “Justin Gibson” wants you to believe as he seems to have a vendetta towards these individuals. Did the author of this story interview everyone? Nope, just Justin Gibson and what he wants you to believe. My guess is the story broke out because Justin Gibson himself went to the newspaper to further try to ruin the reputation of these individuals and in my opinion defamation of character may be taking place as many of these facts are just not true. If you dig deeper into the story you will find that there is a completely different side not mentioned here. Many of the facts of the story are left out including how some of the people in this group have always had their licenses each year, and were handicap which allows you to shoot from your vehicle. If you look at Montana Code Title 87, Section 2-803, part 4 it mentions that a person certified as disabled can be issued a permit to hunt from a vehicle. This is not being lazy. Apparently there may have been a mix-up at the store where the licenses were purchased, however, fault does lie within the individuals for not double checking what they had in their wallets, which is why they plead guilty under advisement from their lawyers. However, the integrity of these individuals should not be questioned, there is absolutely no motive for why these individuals would have behaved in the manner that Justin Gibson would want people to believe. Some of these individuals have been well respected hunters for over 50 years always paying all of their required licensing dues and permits and have been certified as disabled since 2005. If Justin wants to mention unethical behavior, the way his behavior was towards the 15 year old during the incident slurring off F-words in my opinion was completely unacceptable. As a government worker getting his salary from taxpayer dollars, I feel the way he conducts the state’s business is questionable. In my opinion what is really going on here is a case of someone enjoying his power trip and blowing something completely out of proportion at the expense of others to make him look good. Pathetic.

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