Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hunter Admits to Killing Two Idaho Bighorns But Won't Be Charged

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Idaho Fish and Game officials say they know who's responsible for shooting two bighorn sheep south of Lewiston in October—but the shooter won't be charged with a crime.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune is reporting that Kevin Klumper of Chehalis, Wash., was responsbile for the double shooting, but he says it was a "freak accident," has issued an apology and was given a written warning from IDF&G.

Klumper claims he was hunting on Craig Mountain with an outfitter when they spotted two rams. Klmper said he fired a shot, but the targeted ram "showed no reaction." He took a second shot, dropping the second ram. By then, the first ram dropped as well. Investigators say they could only find one bullet at the scene, adding that it was possible that one bullet may have killed two rams.

"It was the worst experience of my life, basically," said Kumper. "It was just terrible for everybody involved. I've literally lost so much hair over this deal. It's unfortunate. I feel terrible but it was just a freak accident."

Idaho Fish and Game gave their investigation results to the Nez Perce County Prosecutor's Office, which determined no charges were warranted, according to the Tribune

Klumper now says he plans to make a donation to the Wild Sheep Foundation "sufficient enough to fund a transplant of more bighorns to Craig Mountain."

But there's one more wrinkle: The Tribune reports that Klumper had applied for one of the rare ram hunting tags in 2012, but he never got word that he had won the tag. Instead, he asked for a "rain check" from Fish and Game, which gave him the opportunity to hunt this year. According to the Tribune, "many sheep hunters think Klumper should never have been given a rain check."

"I'm irritated. I'm ticked off because that is a once-in-a-lifetime deal when somebody kills a ram," hunter Paul Snider told the Tribune.

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