Michigan Couple Fined for Purchasing Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses

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A husband and wife from Luther, Michigan were found guilty in Johnson County Circuit Court Monday for unlawfully purchasing Wyoming resident hunting and fishing licenses.

According the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman began an investigation after receiving an anonymous tip.

The investigation led to Vaughan and Carol Skaggs being issued 11 citations for purchasing Wyoming resident licenses in 2015 and 2016. The investigation showed that the Skaggs have owned a cabin near Buffalo for at least 20 years. Initially, they purchased non-resident hunting and fishing licenses, but in 2009, they started purchasing resident licenses, claiming their A-frame cabin in Wyoming was their primary residence.

During the same time the couple was purchasing Wyoming resident licenses, they were also purchasing resident Michigan licenses and claiming their home in Michigan as their primary residence for tax purposes. The Skaggs were ordered to pay fines and restitution totally over $6,400 for unlawfully purchasing the resident licenses in Wyoming.