WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A judge has sentenced a Barber County man to 14 months in prison in a deer poaching case.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) says John Blick, Jr., of Sharon, was charged with 139 counts, including illegal hunting and poaching of 60 whitetail and mule deer.
District Judge Frank Meisenheimer sentenced him to 14 months in prison. When he gets out, he will be under post-release supervision for at least a year.
The judge also order Blick to pay $310,234 in restitution to the KDWPT for the value of the deer.
The KDWPT says Blick was also charged and pleaded guilty to 33 misdemeanors in Harper County. His sentence there includes $15,000 in fines, $17,407 in restitution for three trophy deer that he killed in Harper County in 2019, and the forfeiture of his hunting privileges for five years from the date of conviction.
Game wardens with KDWPT say Blick pleaded guilty to:
- Criminal hunting
- Hunting with aid of a motor vehicle
- Criminal discharge of a firearm
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Fail to purchase or to tag deer
- Exceed bag limits
- Hunt with artificial light
- Hunting without a valid license
- Taking trophy deer illegally.
The wardens posted a message on Facebook, saying, “KDWPT would like to thank Anthony PD Officer Becky Mendoza, the Barber County Sheriff’s office, and the numerous individuals in Barber and Harper County’s who provided the much needed information over the years in helping bring this individual to justice.”
They say the information could lead to future prosecution of other wildlife violators.