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AK: Hunting guide loses license

Hunting guide loses license

Anchorage Daily News
Published: September 15th, 2008 12:25 AM
Last Modified: September 15th, 2008 12:25 AM

CORDOVA -- A big-game hunting guide who has been the subject of "dozens of formal complaints" lost his ability to lead hunts at his sentencing Friday, according to the state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.

Seward resident Darren Byler was accused of knowingly allowing a client to kill a brown bear in a closed season and was convicted of unlawful acts by a big-game guide, said Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson.

As part of a plea agreement, Byler was sentenced to pay a $2,500 fine, $1,300 in restitution and a 30-day suspended jail term, Peterson said. Byler's guiding license was also suspended for five years and he will be prohibited from applying for any class of big game guiding license for the 10 years he will be on probation, Peterson said.

For their part, prosecutors agreed to drop perjury and criminal impersonation charges against Byler, he said.

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