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Montana couple facing charges for alleged poaching of three elk, two deer

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Montana couple are both facing charges for their alleged involvement in the poaching of three elk and two deer.

“A Belfry couple was charged this fall with illegally killing three elk and two deer in a series of incidents starting in 2016,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said on Tuesday, Dec. 10. “[G]ame wardens filed four charges against Jeff Minchow and three against his wife, Kasey McClane.”

The couple are accused of killing two cow elk in August and tagging the poached animals with invalid licenses.

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“Minchow also is accused of later killing a bull elk during the archery-only season without holding valid licenses,” the release adds. ” McClane is accused of killing a mule deer buck in 2016, tagging it with her daughter’s license, then killing another mule deer buck later in the year.”

McClane is facing a charge of illegally transfer of a tag for that alleged incident and a charge of exceeding the buck deer limit for the alleged killing of the additional deer.

“She also is charged with failure to properly tag a cow elk killed during the early elk season,” Montana FWP said. “Minchow is charged with failure to properly tag one cow elk shot in August, hunting during archery season without valid licenses, exceeding the limit on elk by killing a bull later in the season and illegal possession of the bull elk.”

Both have pleaded not-guilty in Montana’s Carbon County Justice Court, the release concludes.