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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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