Gillette men plead guilty to elk poaching

(Casper, Wyo.) – Two Gillette men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to shooting a cow elk in the wrong hunt area during a closed season.

Robert Golombeski, 33, and his father, Mark Golombeski, 51, appeared in Converse County court Dec. 10 to answer to charges of hunting elk in a closed season and trespass. Robert Golombeski was in possession of a general elk license for area 126. He said he shot and wounded a cow elk in area 126 on Nov. 30, but the animal made its way to private land in area 113, about seven miles away, before dying. Area 113 is a limited-quota area and not open to hunters with a general elk license.

The two men left the elk overnight and returned to retrieve it the next morning. In the meantime, the landowner contacted law enforcement. The Golombeskis were met by a deputy from the Converse County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Game and Fish Game Warden Gary Boyd. Boyd said evidence showed the elk was shot through both lungs and could not have traveled seven miles. After thorough questioning, Robert Golombeski confessed to shooting the elk in area 113.

Robert Golombeski was fined $750 for hunting elk in a closed season, $220 for failing to properly tag the elk, and $440 for two trespassing charges. His hunting and fishing privileges have been revoked for three years. For loss of the elk, he must also pay $3,000 to Game and Fish’s AccessYes fund. Mark Golombeski was fined $750 for acting as an accessory to hunting elk in a closed season and $440 for two trespass charges, and also had his hunting and fishing privileges revoked for three years.

Boyd said the elk was confiscated and given to a family in need.

–Wyoming Game & Fish Department