March 19, 2014
6th District Court: Sevier County
On May 28, 2013, Loa, Utah resident Derik Bobby Edwards Plead guilty to Wanton Destruction of three bull elk and received the following:Three Third Degree Felonies for Wanton Destruction of Protected wildlife. Ordered to pay $24,500 to the Utah Division of Wildlife Help Stop Poaching Fund.
In November of 2010, a Conservation Officer in the Wayne County area investigated four dead bulls killed on the Plateau Fish Lake limited entry elk unit. Three of the bulls were found dead in Pole Canyon, and the fourth bull was found dead nearby in the Ox springs area.
The three dead bulls in Pole Canyon had been shot and were lying dead in close proximity. The meat and antlers of one of the bulls had been removed. The other two bulls, a five point and a six point, had been left to waste. The five point bull in the Ox Springs area was also shot and left to waste.
Derik Edwards confessed that on or around November 16, 2010, he had killed the 5×5 bull elk in the Ox Springs area. Edwards confessed that the following day he killed the two six point bulls and the five point bull in Pole Canyon. Edwards confessed to wasting the meat from the six point bull he tagged and removed from Pole Canyon.
On March 6, 2014, Derik Edwards hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses were suspended by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for 14 years. Edwards will not be allowed to hunt, trap, or go fishing in 38 states until year 2028.
Edwards legally possessed a 2010 Limited Entry any bull elk permit for the Plateau Fish Lake elk unit. This permit gave him authority to harvest one bull elk. An increasing concern for Conservation Officers is the illegal killing of multiple bull elk by licensed hunters. The most common reason given by these Poachers is that they desired to tag the largest bull possible.
Conservation Officers are asking for your help. If you ever have any information pertaining to illegal activities dealing with protected wildlife please report this to your local Conservation Officer or by calling the UTIP Hotline at 1-800-662-deer. Rewards for information are available and requests for confidentiality are respected.