Two out-of-state deer hunters charged with poaching a trophy buck in southern Utah have pleaded not guilty in 6th Circuit Court.
Judge David Mower scheduled a march 9 pre-trial hearing for Larry Smith, 42, West Harrison, Ind., and Barrett Wynn, 30, Mancos, Colo., on defense motions. Smith remained free on $3,860 bond and Wynn on $3,800 bond.
Utah Wildlife Resources Division officials said the men were arrested Dec. 11 after their pickup truck was stopped near Kanab, and the head of a trophy buck with a 39 1/2-inch antler spread was found in the vehicle.
Smith and Wynn were charged with possession of a deer taken out of season and with wasting the animal's carcass. Smith also was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
The wildlife officers also seized two hunting rifles from the suspects and the pickup Wynn was driving. If the men are convicted, the division said, it will ask the court to let the state confiscate the firearms and vehicle.
On Jan. 19, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nev., found Wynn guilty of illegally killing a desert bighorn sheep near Lake Mead. He faces an April 10 sentencing on the Nevada federal conviction.