CRAIG, Colo. — A California man who pleaded guilty to committing a variety of serious wildlife crimes in northwest Colorado will pay thousands in fines and could potentially lose his hunting and fishing privileges for life, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.
Kyle Odle, 29, of Menifee, California, was sentenced June 20 by a judge in Moffat County.
Instead of facing the possibility of time in jail for two charges of felony illegal outfitting , Odle accepted an offer to plead guilty and pay fines for a misdemeanor charge of aggravated illegal possession of wildlife involving the illegal take of three or more big-game animals.
The judge imposed a 24-month deferred judgment and sentence on the condition Odle not commit any additional violations during the two-year period.
In addition, Odle pleaded guilty and must pay fines for two misdemeanor counts of providing false information to obtain resident big-game licenses illegally, one misdemeanor count of hunting without a license, one misdemeanor count of illegal possession of a mule deer and one misdemeanor count of wasting game meat.
He must pay more than $5,000 in fines for the misdemeanor convictions, make a $6,000 donation to Operation Game Thief and return $5,500 in restitution to several hunters he guided illegally for profit.
He cannot hunt, fish, outfit or guide for two years and could receive up to a lifetime suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 43 additional Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact States, pending a decision by a CPW hearings officer.
“We are grateful to the district attorney’s office for their help and cooperation to bring this case to a successful conclusion and make sure this individual paid for his crimes,” District Wildlife officer Johnathan Lambert of Craig said.
“I appreciate the hard work of my fellow CPW officers for their help with this case. This individual will no longer be cheating the citizens of Colorado out of their wildlife resource because of the dedication of a lot of people.”
Odle initially faced one felony count of criminal impersonation, multiple counts of providing false information to purchase big-game licenses illegally, multiple counts of hunting without a valid big-game license, illegal possession of a deer, failure to pursue wounded game and waste of game, in addition to the two felony counts of illegal outfitting.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers arrested Odle during the 2016 hunting seasons and charged him with the multiple violations.
During the contact, they discovered Odle had also killed a 5×5 mule deer buck near Maybell during the third rifle season without possessing a proper and valid license, then failed to recover the carcass.
“A CPW officer observed Odle taking a shot at a mule deer, killing it. But he never pursued the animal as is required by law,” Lambert said.
As the investigation progressed, officers discovered Odle had purchased a resident leftover buck deer license for a unit near Kremmling, valid only in that unit, then presented the license to officers in the unit near Maybell where he killed the buck.
In addition, Odle, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at the time of his arrest, presented falsified military documents to wildlife officers in an attempt to prove his Colorado residency.
Officers said he used the documents to illegally purchase the Colorado hunting license at the lower, resident fee.
“He’d been using military credentials to unlawfully purchase resident hunting licenses for several years, for himself and for other nonresidents,” Lambert said. “This included his twelve-year-old relative, without the knowledge or consent of the relative’s parents.”
According to a Marine Corps representative, Odle has left the military for reasons unrelated to this case.