For the first time, a Tennessee outdoorsman has been sentenced to jail time as a result of state law enforcement agents relying on the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact, an agreement between states to track offenders, reports The Tennessean.
Kurt Ellis, 31, of Cleveland, Tn., – on probation after being convicted of multiple other offenses – received two consecutive 364-day jail terms last week after being caught earlier this year fishing for trout without a license in Georgia. He also received a lifetime ban on entering any government-managed wildlife areas in Tennessee or Georgia. In 2009, Ellis was found guilty of multiple violations for illegal possession of wildlife, illegal transportation of wildlife and violation of big game tagging requirements in addition to hunting without a license and hunting on a revoked license. He has 30 total wildlife violation convictions in the state. Tennessee and Georgia are among 34 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact,