A big game guide working out of Wasilla faces charges related to selling hunters game tags after they’d already bagged their prey.
On Tuesday the state’s Office of Special Prosecution under the Department of Law filed criminal charges in the Delta Junction District Court against registered guide Richard A. Kinmon, Sr., 62, as well at assistant guide Colin S. Marquiss, 23, and a former client, , Joseph C. Hahn, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kinmon, owner of Alaska Trophy Hunters in Wasilla, was a licensed Alaska Department of Fish & Game vendor for five years dating back to 2008. Charges stemming from an Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation allege he sold big game tags to four clients after they had already harvested their animals. Attorneys say Kinmon also acted as a guide for caribou without being certified, assisted a client in taking an illegal moose, and falsified public records.
Prosecutors say Kinmon also baited a grizzly bear with a moose carcass that he moved from the kill site with an Argo all-terrain vehicle. Troopers have seized two such Argos as part of their investigation.
Kinmon is charged with a total of 30 violations of state game and guiding laws from between 2009 and 2011.
Marquiss is charged with three counts of unlawfully guiding and hunting a big game animal with clients. Hahn is charged with four counts of taking a brown/grizzly bear without a valid non-resident tag, unlawful possession of game and falsifying public records.
Several charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. Some of the guiding charges carry maximum penalties up to one year in jail and a $30,000 fine.
In August of 2013, Kinmon was also arraigned in Delta Junction on six other guiding counts. In that case, prosecutors say one of Kinmon’s other clients allegedly harvested a grizzly bear in September 2008 without a valid non-resident tag.
Troopers say the investigation began when the Anchorage Wildlife Investigations Unit received a complaint in July 2012 from a former client of Kinmon who claimed that another client on a guided hunt had killed a Dall sheep without possessing a valid non-resident tag.