Man Fined, Sentenced For Illegal Sport Hunting From A Helicopter

Barbara Schwarz
April 18, 2019 - 7:09 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Cody Morganthaler of Oklahoma paid $12,000 to shoot four animals at a Laredo resort.  He and three others have now been sentenced for illegal sport hunting from a helicopter in violation of the federal Airborne Hunting Act.

In September and October of 2018, Cody Morganthaler, 36, of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty in federal court in Laredo, along with Edelmiro Martinez, 33, Eduardo Lopez, 39, and Inocente Sanchez, 56, all of Laredo.

Morganthaler booked a hunt at the Laredo Hunting Resort in Laredo for the weekend of October 14th, 2017, which Martinez owned. He wanted to shoot four exotic animals - an addax, a mouflon, an aoudad and a blackbuck antelope.

He killed the addax and mouflon from the ground on the 14th.  Time was running out, so Lopez suggested Morganthaler shoot the other two from a helicopter.

The next day Sanchez took Morganthaler and Lopez up where Morganthaler used a rifle to locate, shoot and kill the aoudad and blackbuck antelope.

Texas Game Warden Kevin Winters said "The circumstances in this particular case would make any sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts furious. "The fact that these individuals organized a trophy hunt from a helicopter, which resulted in the harvesting of a trophy Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) and Blackbuck (Antelope), is unethical and is a violation of both state and federal laws.

Hunting from helicopters in Texas is only allowed, with a permit, and only for hunting wild hogs and coyotes, animals that cause damage to crops, livestock, humans or property