Two Page County Residents Convicted of Hunting in Shenandoah National Park
In November, Shenandoah National Park Rangers charged two men with hunting in Shenandoah National Park, a federal misdemeanor crime. The men were in two separate tree stands only yards from the park boundary in the Skyline Lakes development in Page County when contacted. Although the stands were outside the park, they were built facing into the park and were less than 15 yards from the boundary. On February 2nd, the Federal Magistrate found Christopher F. Housden and Christopher G. Jewell, both of Page County, guilty of hunting in the park. The location of the stands, the testimony, and other evidence clearly indicated the men intended to take wildlife in the park. Both were fined and banned for two years from all National Park and National Forest lands within the Western Judicial District of Virginia. The crime carries a potential penalty of up to a year in jail as well as the forfeiture of any weapons or vehicles used during the commission of the crime. Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries assisted in the investigation and also charged the men with additional state hunting violations.