As the popularity of antler hunting rises, so have the number of antler "poaching" incidents in the State. Wyoming Game and Fish officials have stepped up efforts to enforce closures on wildlife habitat management areas. They say the closures need to be observed to protect the wildlife that use these areas. Earlier this week, a 35 year-old Sheridan man pleaded guilty to violating a closure area. He was fined $400 plus court costs and received a suspended 90 day jail sentence. His hunting privileges were also suspended for 1 year. He was caught on the Kerns Wildlife Management Area after a Game Warden saw about 40 elk bolt from out of a patch of timber. The warden saw Randy Reece leave the area, apparently trying to keep a low profile. They later discovered a stash of about 135 pounds of antlers, worth more than a thousand dollars near Reeces truck. Reese confessed to stock-piling the antlers after questioning.