Nashua Man Pays $775 in Fines & Restitution for Shooting Elk Decoy
Friday, February 21, 2014 Enforcement - Region 6
A Nashua-area man who shot at a cow elk decoy set up by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens has paid $775 in fines and restitution and had his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges taken away for two years.
Ralph “Rick” Tihista, 60, shot at the cow elk decoy in Hunting District 631 southwest of Glasgow late in last fall’s hunting season, said FWP Region 6 Warden Todd Tryan.
Tihista shot at the decoy from the Willow Creek Road while leaning on a trailered boat. He was cited for hunting without a license, shooting from a public right of way, shooting at simulated wildlife, failing to wear hunter’s orange clothing and also was warned about hunting prior to the legal shooting time. The case was processed in Valley County Justice Court.
Tryan said Tihista, who has been convicted of other wildlife-related violations in the past, said he was shooting the elk to help out a friend who held the valid permit but was in poor health. However, hunting licenses and permits and the opportunity to use those only belong to the person who legally purchased them.