ANCHORAGE FISH AND GAME VIOLATIONS LAWYERS
Anchorage’s rich and natural landscape of lakes, trails and mountains has made it the ideal location for vacationing and fishing. Anchorage’s landscape is filled with wild game while it’s lakes contain some of the widest variety of fish in the country. Unsurprisingly, fishing and hunting have become a passion for many residents and tourists in Anchorage. While fishing and hunting are means of employment and provide hobbies for some, there are rules and regulations that govern fish and game activities in Anchorage.
Alaska’s fishing and hunting regulations can be quite complex. As Alaska is a vast state, a hunter can be legally hunting in one area, while the next neighboring area could pose legal consequences for that same hunter, due to hunting restrictions. Fishing and hunting regulations vary by geography and time, and as such, it is important to consult with an Anchorage hunting and fishing attorney, in order to remain complex or to answer a hunting violation that has been imposed.
Hunting violations can result in misdemeanor charges or violations while other violations can result in hefty fines and federal time. One of the most common hunting violations, taking game from a motor vehicle, is classified as a Class “A” misdemeanor, which could result in a $5,000 fine and jail time. Depending on other circumstances, it could also result in a revocation of your hunting license.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has highlighted other common violations of Alaska hunting regulations:
- Sharing hunting/fishing permits with fellow hunters or other people
- Failing to know the geographic region where one is hunting or fishing (for instance, a closed area or controlled geographic area may result in heavy penalties or fines, and even federal jail time in some instances)
- Failing to file and submit a completed harvest or permit report
- Shooting on, from, or across a highway
- Shooting from a motor vehicle while it is in motion (motor vehicle includes boats, motorcycles, and other vessels)
- Using a harvest ticket in a permit-only hunting area
- Exceeding bag limit amounts by herd shooting and being unclear or incorrect about hunting in single-bag limit areas
- Failing to use required export permits to ship raw animal skins
- Failing to endorse or sign duck stamps
- Failing to report an animal that you have killed in defense of your life or property
- Shooting waterfowl before and after legal shooting hours
While the offences above are some of the most common hunting violations, there are other violations outlined by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that you need to be aware of.
Even fish and game regulations that are broken accidentally can have serious consequences. Federal prosecutors will typically pursue these matters aggressively and the consequences can include the loss of your ability to hunt and fish, fines and jail time. You need an experienced lawyer on your side who can defend you in these matters.
Since 1984, the Law Office of Dattan Scott Dattan has defended clients against various criminal charges. Our Anchorage fish and game violations attorneys understand the importance of a swift and vigorous defense against even a minor charge. A criminal conviction can have devastating ramifications on nearly all aspects of your life.
Alaska Hunting Violation Attorney
Whether you are a local hunter or someone visiting from out of state, you run the risk of violating the government’s strict fish and game regulations. Many times, these regulations are violated without malicious intent, or due to incorrect information from a lodge owner or guide. Other violations, include:
- Bag limit violations
- Waste of game animals
- Hunting out of season
- Failure to purchase the proper license
If you have been cited with a fish and game violation, it is important to act quickly to protect yourself. You are facing severe consequences and you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side. Contact our office with questions regarding wildlife trapping regulations or other fish and game violations.
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We offer a private consultation to every client. To arrange a meeting with an experienced Anchorage hunting and game defense lawyer, contact us by email or call our office at (907) 276-8008. We accept all major credit cards.