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Hawaii resident pleads guilty to Alaska wildlife violations

March 21, 2012

By Emily Russo Miller, JuneanEmpire.com

The brother of local fishing guide Michael P. Duby pleaded guilty to two state of Alaska hunting misdemeanor violations in Juneau District Court Tuesday.
 
Jason W. Duby, 36, appeared in court via cell phone from a fishing boat in Maui, Hawaii, where he works as a sport fishing guide. He pleaded guilty to black bear baiting without a permit in 2009 and to hunting in a closed area, Mendenhall Lake, in June 2007.
 
Duby is one of about nine people, including family members, friends and clients, charged with hunting or fishing violations in connection to local guide Michael P. Duby, 37, the owner and operator of FishHunter Charters in Juneau.
 
Michael P. Duby received one of the harshest sentences in the history of the state of Alaska last month for breaking wildlife laws, prosecutors said at the time.
 
His sentence totaled 280 days to serve in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fees and restitution, plus five years probation and revocation of his fishing and hunting license for multiple state and federal hunting and fishing violations from May 2007 to June 2009.
 
According to charging documents, Jason Duby admitted to hunting an unregistered bear site behind his brother’s property in the 7200 block of Glacier Highway in Juneau three to four times in 2009 with his Bow-Tech compound bow and Bremann arrows.
 
He also admitted maintaining the bait site with duck, fish, dog food and pink and white marshmallows as bait.
 
A trail camera set up Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau photographed the Duby’s and others in the act.
 
Until the change of plea hearing, Jason Duby maintained his innocence that he did not kill a bear in 2009, but law enforcement obtained photos of Jason posing with his kill and compound bow, according to charging documents. The incriminating photograph was found in the Facebook photo album of one of his friends tilted “My back yard bear hunt + 1” with the caption “my captain up here ... slayed this thing with his bow.” In subsequent interviews, Jason Duby’s friends gave him up and admitted Duby killed the black bear. Both of those friends, Jordan and Andrew Morse, pleaded guilty to a violation offense of illegally possessing and/or transporting the bear killed by Jason Duby.
 
On Tuesday, Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy accepted a proposed plea deal for Jason Duby that imposed 20 days in suspended jail time, about
$4,000 in fines and about $1,220 in restitution, plus three years of probation, and revocation of his Alaska sport hunting license for one year.
 
Duby will also be required to forfeit the black bear skull and hide, bow and arrows and a trail camera used at the black bear site.
 
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Duby will not be able to hunt in the 35 states participating in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which is an agreement between about 35 states to recognize suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in member states.

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