Juneau fishing guide pleads no contest to Montana poaching

April 26, 2011 

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A 36-year-old Juneau 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 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.

Federal and state agents began an investigation after an Alaska undercover officer found photographs of the men posing with elk, deer and antelope in an album on the younger Duby's charter fishing boat.

Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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