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)