Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Hunting Violations Wrap-Up


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game Warden Bill Koppen fixing the head of one of his decoys after it was shot during the rifle season this fall.

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Game Warden Bill Koppen has been enforcing the fish and wildlife laws in Seeley Lake for the past 21 years. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons he wrote 54 citations, 15 of which were to hunters who took illegal shots at a decoy, gave 32 verbal warnings and eight written warnings. While he feels the decoy program is an effective deterrent, he is working towards harsher penalties, including weapon forfeiture, for hunters who are caught violating the laws.

Koppen has noticed the hunting trends over the past several years have changed. Saturda...

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