Last September, Regional Investigator Dave Overman received information from an informant that Dan Harris was buying resident licenses in Idaho, but lived in Washington. The informant supplied Investigator Overman with Facebook photos of Mr. Harris with a very large bull elk that had recently been shot during an Idaho archery hunt. The informant was very upset because the elk was taken using a fraudulent license and tag.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Harris had been an Idaho resident but had continued to buy resident licenses even after getting married and moving to Washington in 2010. Furthermore, it was found that Mr. Harris and his wife both worked at a large, Idaho sporting goods store. Records also showed that his wife was apparently the person who had issued Mr. Harris his 2016 Idaho Resident Hunting License and resident deer and elk tags at the sporting goods store. Mr. Harris’s tax records showed that after he got married and moved to Washington, he started filing Idaho resident tax returns, but with a Washington address on them. When asked about that later, he told Overman he thought that would help him maintain his Idaho residency.
In December, Overman and Senior Conservation Officer Mark Bowen interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Harris. Mr. Harris admitted to buying fraudulent licenses in Idaho, starting in 2010. He had killed several animals using the fraudulent licenses and tags. During the following days, Overman and Officer Bowen took possession of two six point bull elk skull mounts, two buck white-tailed deer skull mounts, and one bear hide and head from Mr. Harris. All of these animals were taken unlawfully with fraudulent licenses and tags.
In March, Mr. Harris plead guilty to 10 of 17 counts of fraudulent license and/or tag purchase. He was sentenced to pay $415.00 in fines, and $7,248.50 in restitution to IDFG. He was also ordered to serve 15 days on the sheriffs work program, and 15 days in jail. His hunting license was revoked for five years and he has probation for two years.
It cannot be overstated that this case might have gone completely undetected had it not been for just one person who was willing to step up and speak out against crime and a person who was stealing wildlife from all the citizens of Idaho.