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Brad Dokken, Forum Communications Co., Published November 22 2010

Grand Forks men sentenced for untagged deer

Two Grand Forks men have been sentenced in Griggs County for failing to tag deer after being cited during a roadside check the opening weekend of North Dakota’s deer gun season.

Bernard Overbo, 44, was ordered to pay $1,025 in fines and court costs for the deer tagging charge and a second offense, accomplice to hunting without a license, court records show. He also was placed on one year of unsupervised probation and must violate no criminal laws in the next year.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced Wednesday in Griggs County district court.

Bryan Overbo, 18, pleaded guilty to the same charges and was ordered to pay $825 in fines and court costs. He was placed on one year of unsupervised probation and must not violate any laws in the next year. The court suspended a 30-day jail sentence.

According to Paul Freeman, northeastern district enforcement supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Devils Lake, wardens set up the roadside check Nov. 9, the third day of deer season.

An inspection of the Overbo vehicle revealed six hind quarters and various deer parts cut up in the trunk, Freeman said, and none of the deer were tagged. In addition, neither hunter was in possession of the general game license and stamp that’s required in addition to the deer tags, court records show.

Freeman said the deer were confiscated but no rifles.

Failure to properly tag big game is a Class A misdemeanor in North Dakota, and accomplice to hunting without a license is a Class B misdemeanor.


Brad Dokken is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald