AK: State hits Wasilla big-game guide with 30 hunting violations
January 16, 2014
WASILLA -- The Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions has charged
a Wasilla hunting guide with 30 misdemeanor violations of state game
and guiding laws during Dall sheep, caribou, bear and moose hunts
between 2009 and 2011.
Richard A. Kinmon Sr., 62, offered
the hunts through his company, Alaska Trophy Hunters. The company
website describes a variety of hunts ranging from "predator
expeditions" that start at $7,000 per hunter and target wolf,
wolverine, lynx and fox to an $11,000 Yukon moose hunt and trips
after grizzlies, sheep and caribou.
The state also charged
assistant guide Colin S. Marquiss, 23, of Wasilla with unlawfully
guiding and killing a moose while on a guided hunt, which is
illegal. Four counts of taking a bear without a valid non-resident
tag, unlawful possession of game and falsifying public records were
also filed against former guided hunt client, 24-year-old Joseph C.
Hahn, of Pittsburgh, Penn.
This week's charges aren't
Kinmon's first brush with the law.
Last August, he was
arraigned in Delta Junction court on six other guiding counts
stemming from this investigation, troopers said. In that case, one
of Kinmon's other clients allegedly harvested a grizzly bear in
September 2008 without possessing a valid non-resident tag.
Court records also show past convictions for hunting violations: a
2009 guilty plea to a misdemeanor moose hunting season and bag limit
violation and a 2010 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of using a
motorized vehicle in a controlled-use area.
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