Marty Hall, 45, and Larry Hall, 65, each pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor of killing or possessing a bull elk without a valid tag. Marty Hall was assessed a $1,000 fine, a civil penalty of $2,500, $200 meat storage fee and he forfeited a 2003 Yamaha Kodiak ATV. Larry Hall was also assessed a $1,000 fine, a $5,000 civil fine, a $2,000 civil forfeiture and $200 meat storage fee.
“This was a complex case to investigate and ultimately solve, but we take any big game poaching very seriously,” said Rob Buonamici, chief game warden with NDOW. “This is a serious crime, and these men knew better.”
The original incident took place on Nov. 6, 2010, when Marty Hall and Larry Hall were hunting with a party with three other men, Frank Koski, 86, John Koski, 50, and Andrew Koski, 48, near Wilson Creek, just south of the Idaho state line. At least 16 witnesses observed the group of men as they engaged in suspicious activities that left two bull elk shot, with one left to rot in the field. Marty Hall eventually confessed to shooting one of the bull elk, despite not having a tag. The suspects then used a legally obtained bull elk tag to transport one of the two poached elk, with a trophy 6x4 antler rack, back to Reno. The second elk, a large 6x6 bull, was left to rot.
The other people involved in the crime had already pleaded guilty to several violations.
Sportsmen and members of the public can report wildlife violations to Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030. To learn more about game wardens and wildlife in Nevada, visit www.ndow.org.