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Felon gets license for Mont. bison hunt
AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/10/05 | Matt Gouras - ap

Posted on 11/10/2005 10:10:49 AM PST by NormsRevenge

HELENA, Mont. - A hunter who drew one of two dozen coveted licenses to take part in one of Montana's first bison hunts in 15 years is a convicted felon who legally can't carry a gun.

The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks acknowledged that it has no authority to strip the man of the license. However, officials have alerted the man's probation officer.

"Obviously as a convicted felon (on probation), he cannot possess or use a firearm," said agency spokeswoman Mel Frost. "If he does use a firearm, it is not violating Fish, Wildlife and Parks rules. It is my understanding it is a parole violation."

While the state wildlife agency declined to identify the hunter on probation, a review by The Associated Press of license holders and felons under supervision determined the hunter is Daniel Marshall, 45, of Helena.

Marshall was convicted in May 2002 of writing a bad check. He does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

The wildlife agency alerted the State Department of Corrections that Marshall had received a license to take part in the second hunt, corrections officials told the AP on Wednesday. The hunt is scheduled to begin Jan. 16.

His probation officer, Chris Cavanaugh, said Marshall believed he would no longer be on probation by then. Unlike federal law, once a felon completes his sentence on state charges in Montana, his gun rights are restored.

"Technically he hasn't violated any laws by purchasing a tag," Cavanaugh said. "He was under the belief that he would be done and that he would be able to hunt this bison."

Marshall has not paid all restitution as required, and a judge recently continued his sentence, Cavanaugh said. If he pays back all the money before the hunt, he could go to a judge and ask to be released from probation.

Marshall cannot sell the license, but state wildlife officials said if he chooses to return it, the state likely will hold a drawing to give it to another hunter.

Nearly 6,200 people, most of them Montana residents, applied for a permit. The state drew the names of 24 hunters last month. The first of two bison hunts starts next week.

State officials are carefully orchestrating the hunt, hoping to avoid the controversy that surrounded previous hunts of the animals as they leave Yellowstone National Park.

Animals in the Yellowstone bison herd carry the cattle disease brucellosis, and the state says the hunt will help ensure Montana cattle do not become infected.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: bison; felon; license; montana

1 posted on 11/10/2005 10:10:50 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Any reason he couldn't use a bow?


2 posted on 11/10/2005 10:13:27 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob
Any reason he couldn't use a bow

Or a pointed stick?

3 posted on 11/10/2005 10:14:47 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Redbob

I was thinking more like a long pointed stick.. but that would work too.

PETA would probably sue tho as both an arrow or stick would likely be seen as inhumane. That's why the cavemen are gone, yaknow. ;-)


4 posted on 11/10/2005 10:15:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Marshall was convicted in May 2002 of writing a bad check.

Egads. I may have written a rubber check or two when I was going to college in Montana. Little did I know.

5 posted on 11/10/2005 10:16:14 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: NormsRevenge

It was a Monty Python joke.

http://www.jumpstation.ca/recroom/comedy/python/banana.html


6 posted on 11/10/2005 10:18:05 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Egads. I may have written a rubber check or two when I was going to college in Montana.

Which college?

7 posted on 11/10/2005 10:19:27 AM PST by Godzilla ( How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: Godzilla

MSU


8 posted on 11/10/2005 10:20:38 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: NormsRevenge

No problem, he can always use a compound bow and still not violate his probation. This is another reason I think felons should be catgorized as to the type of felon someone is convicted of. A bad check writer could have a valid reason or excuse, such as writing a check against the deposit of another check received that was not good. No reason to deprive that person from firearm ownwership.


9 posted on 11/10/2005 10:20:49 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: NormsRevenge
Why aren't these licenses first offered to Montana veterans
returning home from two or three tours in Iraq or Afghanistan

I am sure a few of Montana's disabled veterans or newly returned combat vets might want a shot at those licenses..

Which the state should provide gratis...

imo

10 posted on 11/10/2005 10:29:30 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: Redbob

bows and muzzle loaders are not considered firearms...


11 posted on 11/10/2005 10:30:56 AM PST by dubie
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To: ElkGroveDan

Well howdy fellow alumn from "Moo-U, the udder university."


12 posted on 11/10/2005 10:31:02 AM PST by Godzilla ( How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow, a bison hunt! Can you imagine free meat for a year!

Makes my mouth water for some buffalo. Problem is that the only restaurant around here serving it belongs to Ted Turner. Decisions, decisions.


13 posted on 11/10/2005 10:31:12 AM PST by T.Smith
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To: Godzilla

M.E. 82-86 10th floor North Hedges


14 posted on 11/10/2005 10:33:52 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Earth Sciences 78-83, married student housing. Did you have a view of the beached whales?


15 posted on 11/10/2005 10:35:11 AM PST by Godzilla ( How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: Redbob

Okay,

This guy wrote a bad check. While I don't condon writing a bad check I think it stinks that the AP wrote this story to start with.

My opinion is the AP writer is opposed to Montana's bison hunt to start with, and used this guy to make it look like a bad thing, where convicted felons will be hunting it.

This is SO OBVIOUS.


16 posted on 11/10/2005 10:37:32 AM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: Godzilla
Earth Sciences 78-83, married student housing. Did you have a view of the beached whales?

Yep. My first year 82-83 I was on that side of the building, could see all of Roskie Beach from my room. Kept dark sunglasses handy for the cetacean glare coming off that lawn in the Spring. Loved that view of the Spanish Peaks and the weekend ballooners.

17 posted on 11/10/2005 10:40:22 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Yep. My first year 82-83 I was on that side of the building, could see all of Roskie Beach from my room. Kept dark sunglasses handy for the cetacean glare coming off that lawn in the Spring. Loved that view of the Spanish Peaks and the weekend ballooners.

ROTFL! Last time I was around the old campus you'd hardly recongnize it, really built up. Real pretty country with the mountains. Heading to MT for Thanksgiving and may drive by after spending some time at Bozeman Hotsprings.

18 posted on 11/10/2005 10:45:11 AM PST by Godzilla ( How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: dubie

Neither are any firearms made prior to 1898, including modern bolt action rifles and i believe handguns.


19 posted on 11/10/2005 10:45:18 AM PST by ol painless (ol' painless is out of the bag)
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To: eastforker

Had a little discussion here about five years ago about the same thing.http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a4acd4a331e.htm


20 posted on 11/10/2005 10:49:05 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Godzilla
Heading to MT for Thanksgiving and may drive by after spending some time at Bozeman Hotsprings.

If you like hotsprings, drive down to Thermoplis, WY some time. It's huge, inexpensive and uncrowded.

21 posted on 11/10/2005 10:57:24 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan
If you like hotsprings, drive down to Thermoplis, WY some time. It's huge, inexpensive and uncrowded.

Agree, however the schedule is tight and the travel route is a little out of the way.

22 posted on 11/10/2005 11:07:26 AM PST by Godzilla ( How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe he plans to use a spear and boomerang. Then there's rocks. Maybe he can run one over in his SUV. He could wrestle one into the pot, too. Perhaps he'll read a Gore speech and bore it to death.


23 posted on 11/10/2005 11:49:42 AM PST by sergeantdave (Member of the Arbor Day Foundation, travelling the country and destroying open space)
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To: NormsRevenge

My husband really wanted one of these permits, didn't get one. says "There went my permit!" The state collected aproximately $20,000 for these 24 permits.


24 posted on 11/10/2005 11:55:10 AM PST by tinamina
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