An Onalaska man was charged this week with a felony-level hunting violation in an incident that reportedly happened nearly two years ago.
Alton Lee Ward, 24, was charged late last year with one count of first-degree unlawful hunting of big game. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court Tuesday but failed to appear, leading Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee to issue a no-bail bench warrant.
Ward appeared in court Wednesday to quash the warrant and have future court dates set.
According to court documents, a Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer learned of a hunting violation in February 2015 after contacting a man in North Bend with a deer in the trunk of his car.
The man said the deer was shot by Ward, who he knew by a nickname, with a 20-gauge shotgun.
The deer was reportedly shot out of season. Officers contacted Ward, who reportedly admitted to shooting the deer without a hunting license and shooting the deer out of season.
Ward has a prior conviction for unlawful hunting of big game in 2012, making this charge a felony offense.
He was sent a summons in the case and scheduled to make his first appearance out of custody Tuesday, but didn’t show up.