Man Who Jumped Fence on Game Farm to Kill Trophy Buck Indicted

Back in November our story about Dugan Traversie, who shot a deer through the fence of a game farm, jumped the fence posed for pictures, then stole the head blew up. Now He has been indicted on multiple charges by a South Dakota grand jury.

According to the Capital-Journal, Dugan Traversie, 39, of Eagle Butte has been charged with killing a huge white-tailed buck outside of tribal hunting season on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and inside a private game ranch. A grand jury indicted Traversie on Feb. 12, charging him with a violation of the federal Lacey Act and of larceny.

The charges against Traversie carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Traversie appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno in federal court in Pierre on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and pleaded not guilty.

According to the grand jury that brought the charges by indictment, Traversie killed a white-tailed deer between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 on the Timber Lake Elk Ranch, the reservation that borders the west bank of Lake Oahe northwest of Fort Pierre.

Traversie left the slain deer until the next day when he returned and removed the head. The deer had a value of more than $1,000, according to the federal charges that say he was in violation of tribal hunting laws and regulations.

The Capital Journal

The deer was valued the by Timber Lake Lodge to be around $20,000. The lodge is refraining from commenting on the case until after prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange set Traversie’s trial for April 21. We will keep you posted as this story developes.