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Gillett man sentenced for breaking federal wildlife laws as bear hunting guide


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A northeast Wisconsin man has been sentenced to six months in prison for breaking federal wildlife laws while operating a business as a bear hunting guide.

48-year-old John Kellogg of Gillett was one on four people sentenced after a six-year investigation ended in 2011 with charges filed.

Kellogg hired houndsmen to buy other people’s bear hunting tags for $1,000 each, and to arrange to have Kellogg paid as a guide for the illegal bear hunting. By then, authorities caught wind of the scheme and arranged undercover officers from Kentucky to be the houndsmen.

Three others who took part in the scheme were also sentenced on lesser convictions.

53-year-old Michael Renken of Merrill, 41-year-old Christopher Halfmann of Green Bay, and 53-year-old Mark Barlament of Mint Hill North Carolina were put on probation ranging from 1 to 3 years. They’ll pay $1,000 to $5,000 each, and lose sporting privileges for 5 to 6 years.

Besides his prison time, Kellogg must spend three years under federal supervision. He must also pay $10,000 to state and federal conservation funds. And Kellogg lost his hunting, trapping, and fishing privileges for 15 years.