A 36-year-old Manning man who allegedly fired a gun within city limits has been fined more than $1,000 for hunting, trapping and fishing violations and still faces a weapons charge that is punishable with prison time, according to court records.
A police officer found Trevor Martin Matheny, 36, hiding in tall grass on the south side of Manning on a Saturday morning in December after someone reported the sound of gunfire near houses.
Matheny was dressed in camouflage and fox urine and told the officer he was hunting coyote but spied a fox that he hoped to shoot.
Matheny was armed with a single-shot .410 shotgun. He did not possess a hunting license.
The incident happened about 8:50 a.m. Dec. 21 on the south side of town near South Elm Street, court records show. Matheny had planned to walk from his nearby apartment to Great Western Park to hunt, which is less than a mile away, before the officer intervened and arrested Matheny for carrying a weapon within city limits without a permit.
The crime is punishable by up to two years in prison if he is convicted.
After Matheny’s arrest, officers searched his apartment and found, among other items: several knives, homemade arrows, a homemade snare, a deer hide, a receipt for sold fur and four packages of frozen fish, according to search warrant documents.
Matheny since has been convicted of illegal hunting of foxes, coyotes and deer, trapping violations, not having hunting and fishing licenses and exceeding the possession limit of caught fish.
Matheny’s trial for the pending weapons charge is set for April 28.