Kodiak master guide charged with hunting violations

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A master big-game guide from Kodiak has been charged in Kotzebue with hunting and guiding violations, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

James P. ''Jake'' Jacobson, 58, is accused of instructing an Arizona man to shoot two caribou during an August 1999 hunt when the man was limited to one, troopers said. Jacobson also was responsible for a failed attempt to bait wolves and other violations, they said.

Jacobson was charged Thursday with two counts of unlawful acts by a guide, and single counts of unlawful possession and transportation of game, license and tag violation, and unlawful methods of taking big game.

The five misdemeanors carry penalties of up to a year in jail on each and maximum fines ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. A summons was issued for him to appear in Kotzebue District Court.

Jacobson said he could not discuss the charges until he had contacted a lawyer. He said he did not learn of the specific charges until a reporter called him Friday afternoon.

Jacobson is licensed as a master big-game guide, the highest guide ranking in the state, said Lt. Franco D'Angelo, commander of wildlife investigation for the troopers' Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection.

The case came to light when a bowhunter wrote to state Fish and Game authorities about suspected illegal activities at Jacobson's hunting camp 130 miles north of Kotzebue, said D'Angelo, who led the investigation. The bowhunter learned about what had happened from the Arizona hunter, who was using a rifle, D'Angelo said.

Jacobson said the two bowhunters at his camp failed to take any animals and were disgruntled.

''Hunting was slow,'' he said. In addition, the bowhunters were left at his camp with an assistant guide for five days while he stayed mostly in Kotzebue, trying to fix a problem with his plane's engine, he said.

''They were quite upset with me at the lack of (caribou) bulls and at the fact I wasn't there,'' Jacobson said.

The hunter from Arizona shot a cow caribou on Jacobson's advice, D'Angelo said. The hunter later shot a bull and tagged that kill as his own, the trooper said. Since the man had only one nonresident tag, Jacobson offered to have his assistant guide tag the cow, D'Angelo said.

After the caribou was shot, some of it was taken to a hill nearby and left out ''to see if wolves would take the meat,'' but none did, D'Angelo said.

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