Sparks Man Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of an Unlawfully Harvested Big Game Animal

ELKO, NEV. – On Oct. 1, 2018, Kenneth Wayne Hines, 57, of Sparks, Nevada was sentenced for possession of an unlawfully harvested big game animal; a gross misdemeanor, in 4th Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada.   

The sentencing stemmed from a 2015 investigation in which a cow elk was killed in hunt unit 076 near Rock Springs, where Hines did not have a tag. The investigation was also related to a bull elk that was allegedly killed by Hines in 2014, for which Hines also did not have a tag.  While in court Hines stated, “I apologize for my conduct, and I am very remorseful.”  Hines was fined $5,000 in civil penalties, $28 in administrative fees, and ordered to forfeit the bolt action rifle and his Polaris ATV used in the commission of the crime. This conviction will also result in revocation of Hines’ hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years in the State of Nevada, and the 47 additional states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact.           

“This case would not have been solved without the assistance of the dedicated sportsmen who came forward with information witnessed in the field,” says Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Game Warden, Nick Brunson.  

NDOW encourages anyone who has witnessed a wildlife violation to please gather as much information as possible, and call 1-800-992-3030 to report the violation immediately.  Nevada’s 31 field game wardens rely heavily on the public’s assistance in detecting wildlife crimes and catching those who would steal from the public’s wildlife resources.  The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety.