Long Arm Of The Law Reaches Some People In The Hunting Business


Published: May - 2006

The long arm of the law has reached out to tap a couple of people in the hunting business lately. The first we learned of is Randy and Terri Blondin of Kodiak Charters in Alaska, who have been charged with a number of misdemeanors and felonies. According to Alaska State Troopers, the couple operated an illegal hunting guide business, guiding hunts for Sitka blacktail deer, bears and other game when Blondin had only a trans- porter's license. We understand a number of international clients have accused Blondin as representing himself as a hunting guide to them, and court documents say Blondin misrepresented himself to undercover law enforcement agents at a hunting show in Texas. Additionally, Alaska State Troopers say the Blondins misrepresented themselves in their marketing materials and on "Outdoor Magazine," a cable television outdoor show that featured Blondin as a guide.

The Blondins are also charged with selling clients hunting and fishing licenses, as well as salmon, duck and big game stamps, and not turning the funds or paperwork over to the state. In all, Blondin was charged with 11 counts, including deceptive business practices, guiding nonresidents without licenses and not completing required state paperwork for his transporting business. His wife Terri has been charged with six counts, including second-degree theft, misapplication of funds and not completing required state paperwork.

All of this, of course, underscores the care hunters must take to ensure that they are booking with a licensed guide in Alaska, or using a transporter who sticks to the restrictions placed on upon them. According to the Statues and Regulations of the Big Game Commercial Services Board, transportation services means "the carriage for compensation of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters to, from, or in the field." Transporters are not allowed by law to provide any advice on where to hunt. They are also limited on the equipment and supplies they can provide. To check whether an Alaskan hunting professional is licensed as a guide/outfitter or as a transporter, contact the Alaska Big Game Commercial Services Board at 907-465-2543; or........(continued)

 
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