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OUTDOORS LAW ENFORCEMENT: Man charged with illegal guiding ... Illegal possession of deer charged

Man charged with guiding illegally A Devils Lake man is scheduled to appear Monday in Ramsey County District Court on charges of working as a guide or outfitter without a license. Bruce Henry also has been charged with four fishing-related violat...

Man charged with guiding illegally

A Devils Lake man is scheduled to appear Monday in Ramsey County District Court on charges of working as a guide or outfitter without a license. Bruce Henry also has been charged with four fishing-related violations that occurred in June while he was working as a guide, court records show.

According to a criminal complaint, the guiding and outfitting charge resulted after Chris Knutson, game warden for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Devils Lake, cited Henry on Sept. 22 for guiding two South Dakota deer hunters without the required license.

Court records show the fishing charges occurred June 16-17, when Henry was accused of culling a fish from the livewell of a boat and replacing it with a larger fish one of his clients caught. He also is accused of allowing his two clients from South Dakota to catch his daily limit of five walleyes, in addition to the five walleyes they each could keep, on two consecutive days. This practice, known as "party fishing," is illegal in North Dakota.

According to the complaint report, the clients caught 29 walleyes during the two days, and their possession limit was 20.

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Guiding or outfitting without a license is a Class A misdemeanor, and the fishing charges are Class B misdemeanors.

Illegal possession of a deer charged

A Niagara, N.D., man has been charged with a deer hunting violation after an incident that occurred during the state's rifle deer season.

James Mozey, 43, has been charged with illegal possession of a deer, said Gary Rankin, district game warden for the Game and Fish Department in Larimore, N.D., Mozey is accused of shooting a deer he wasn't supposed to take and putting someone else's tag on the animal. The deer was a buck, and "it should be noted James Mozey did not have a license to take an antlered deer," Rankin said After investigating the incident, Rankin cited Mozey and seized the buck.

According to court records, a pretrial conference is set for Jan. 28 in Grand Forks District Court. The official charge, violation of protection of big game animals, is a Class A misdemeanor.

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