A Washington trophy elk shooter is back in the news, this time for allegedly killing a huge bull in a pasture near the town of Kittitas last December.
Tod L. Reichert, 76, of Salkum has been charged with unlawful hunting of big game in the second degree, a gross misdemeanor, by county prosecutors in Central Washington, according to a Yakima Herald story posted last night.
Reporter Scott Sandsberry’s large article provides details on a story that has been percolating online for several months now — and has even been removed as a topic from one hunting forum because of legal threats.
Basically, Reichert is alleged to have used his 2015 South Central Washington raffle tag, good in WDFW’s game management units 300 through 500 where branched-antler bulls are open, in a unit where only cow, calf or spike elk can legally be hunted, according to Sandsberry.
Witnesses say the carcass of the bull — known to some as Bullwinkle and said to be all but docile — was then transported to an open unit nearby and field-dressed, according to Sandsberry.
If you recognize Reichert’s name, it might be because nearly four years ago, he plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Spokane to misdemeanor charges of interfering with and giving false information to a U.S. Forest Service agent about the services an Oregon outfitter provided during 2007 and 2008 hunts in Washington’s Blue Mountains.
He was barred from hunting in national forests for two years and fined $5,000.
In this latest case, fines and a two-year hunting license suspension are in play, according to Sandsberry.
Reichert has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the chance to pursue elk across the country, and he ponied up $75,000 for the 2016 Eastern Washington bull auction tag, Sandsberry reports.