Hunting guide pleads guilty, taxidermist fights charges
February 17, 2008
DENVER – A hunting guide from Herriman, Utah, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell illegally killed wildlife across state lines.Eric Leon Butt Jr., 34, faces up to five years in prison at a hearing May 27, The Durango Herald reported in Saturday editions.Prosecutors had alleged that from 2002 to 2005, Butt guided out-of-state clients on hunts in southwest Colorado and encouraged them to shoot mule deer and black bears even though they didn’t have licenses. Prosecutors alleged Butt claimed the kills on his own license and sent his clients to Cortez taxidermist Paul Weyand to have the trophies mounted.Weyand has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of illegally labeling wildlife and selling it across state lines. He has asked a judge to throw out a search warrant and statements he made to wildlife officers in the case. A hearing on the requests was scheduled March 25.