Montana Man’s Guide License Revoked Over Illegal Outfitting
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of outfitters has revoked the guide license of a 39-year-old man convicted of operating as an outfitter illegally.
Thomas “TJ” Carter, of Twin Bridges, pleaded guilty last April in Blaine County to four charges, including felony outfitting without a license and misdemeanor counts of theft, illegal tag transfer and unlawful purchase of a replacement license, the Independent-Record reported. The pleas were part of an agreement with prosecutors who had charged him with 20 counts of various hunting violations.
In 2015 Montana game wardens investigating reports of illegal outfitting near the town of Turner suspected Carter, who was licensed as a hunting guide in Montana but not as an outfitter.
Last April, Carter was sentenced to five years loss of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges, and four additional years loss of hunting privileges across 48 states. He was also ordered to pay a total of $12,000 in restitution and $2,000 in fines.
On Friday the Montana Board of Outfitters revoked Carter’s guide license following its review.
“Carter has a lengthy history of violations related to the profession of guiding, and a history of misrepresenting these relevant violations to authorities,” according to the Montana board’s report.