Colton Lapp, an 18-year-old Worland hunter, pleaded guilty recently to illegally killing a trophy mule deer buck south of Worland. He was fined more than $9,000, lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years and is has six months of probation.
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Lapp shot an 8-by-9 large non-typical buck on Nov. 6 in an area closed to hunting. A man later saw Lapp in a picture posing with the deer, recognized it as one he had seen before and knew the buck wouldn't have traveled to where Lapp said he shot it.
Anyone witnessing a wildlife violation can call the Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP or go online at http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/enforcement/stoppoaching/submitTip.aspx.