A Kentucky resident and two West Virginians have been fined more than $8,800 for shooting an elk out of season.
The Department of Wildlife says Donald Wilshire of Georgetown Kentucky used a scoped muzzleloader to kill a bull elk near Silt on Sept. 5, four days before the season started.
The department says that he then radioed back to his camp and told his two companions to drive to town to purchase a hunting license to conceal the illegal kill.
Wilshire and the others have paid their fines but could still face the loss of their hunting and fishing privileges. That will be determined at an administrative hearing.