Hunter who fired indiscriminately at elk fined $300 after two-day Summit County trial
May 30, 2017
A Summit County jury convicted a man from Northglenn of hunting in a careless manner last Friday night, May 26, after a two-day trial. The man, 48-year-old Mark Masker, was acquitted of failure to locate wounded game.
According to a news release from the district attorney's office, concerned hunting guides contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Nov. 12, 2015, reporting that Masker had fired 13 shots with a semi-automatic .270 rifle at elk "in an indiscriminate fashion."
According to the trial evidence, two hunters saw Masker waving at them after they had heard shots nearby. Masker was wearing all white clothing, without required safety orange fluorescent clothing.
Masker admitted to two hunters and wildlife officials that he had shot the rump of an elk cow without a clear view of the animal, which "does not comport with either ethical or lawful hunting," the release said.
After that encounter, the hunters heard Masker fire a series of approximately 12 more shots, which made them concerned he had shot more than one animal, the release said.
According to trial evidence, when Masker fired at the first elk there was more than one animal in the bullet's path, which is an irresponsible hunting practice.
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The court imposed a $300 fine on Masker, who may also lose his hunting privileges.
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