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Juneau fishing guide pleads no contest to hunting violations in Montana

Posted: April 26, 2011 - 4:24pm

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A 36-year-old Alaska fishing guide has pleaded no contest to felony charges he hunted illegally in Montana.

Michael P. Duby entered his pleas in District Court on Monday and is set for sentencing in September.

Duby, his 62-year-old father, Michael W. Duby of Arizona, and a friend, 42-year-old Jeffrey C. Fritz of Washington, were charged with numerous counts of poaching after an investigation revealed that between 2004 and 2009 the men illegally killed numerous large game animals in Gallatin County. The elder Duby and Fritz have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the case.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the younger Duby — who runs a fishing charter business out of Juneau — pleaded no contest to illegally taking three whitetail deer in 2004, three deer and two antelope in 2005, four deer and seven antelope in 2006 and one deer and nine antelope in 2007.

Empire records reveal the younger Duby pleaded no contest in 2003 to charges of taking a brown bear in a closed area, hunting for brown bear without a guide, unsworn falsification, unlawful possession of a black bear, and false statements on three license applications. In 1999, he took a black bear under a false resident license.

The Chronicle also reports Duby asked for his sentencing to be conducted via video conference because an in-person sentencing would interfere with his seasonal work as a fishing guide in Alaska. The judge in the case denied that request, but did agree to postpone sentencing until Sept. 26.

“I’m not looking at this in terms of his interests but for all those other people who have plans,” the Chronicle reports Judge Mike Salvagni said.

The plea agreement suggests a sentence of 20 years probation, $15,500 in fines and restitution and a prohibition against Duby’s ever hunting again, the Chronicle reports.

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