Florida Man Sentenced for Illegal Brown Bear Hunts
August 15, 2011
By Chris Klint, KTUU.com
A Florida man convicted of federal felonies committed during Alaska
hunts has been ordered to pay more than $66,000 in fines and restitution
after killing three bears, two of them illegally -- and then complaining
that the last one wasn’t just right.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage says 36-year-old Jack Vincent
Dickerson of Spring Hill, Fla. was sentenced Thursday after pleading
guilty to one felony count each of identity theft and violating the
Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in illegally taken plants and animals.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Skrocki says that in 2007 Dickerson,
an experienced hunter, shot a brown bear in Game Management Unit 9 on
the Alaska Peninsula. The kill prohibited Dickerson from hunting bear in
the same management unit for the next four years -- but Dickerson
applied for an online hunting license and brown bear tag the next year
under a friend’s name, shooting and mortally wounding a GMU 9 bear in
A month later, Dickerson again used the name of his friend, who was
unaware of the applications, to obtain a hunting license and tag. In
October 2009 Dickerson illegally killed a female brown bear in GMU 9,
subsequently having its hide made into a rug which was delivered to his
home under his false name.
After the 2009 hunt, Dickerson complained to hunt provider Cabela’s
Outdoor Adventures under his false identity about the quality of the
female bear, saying he wanted a 10-foot trophy male. He then contacted
his credit-card company and claimed the charges for the hunt were
unauthorized, receiving a chargeback of $15,150 in costs.
In addition to repaying that amount to Cabela’s, Dickerson will have
to pay a $50,000 federal fine for the Lacey Act violation and $1,300 in
restitution to the State of Alaska.
He also forfeited a .416 Ruger hunting rifle and the brown bear rug
seized during the investigation, and was placed on three years of
probation barring him from hunting, guiding or transporting anyone in
connection with hunting.
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