Alaska State Troopers last week filed charges against three bow hunters for using an airboat to herd a bull moose near the Knik River and then shooting it from the boat.
Troy Edward Martin, 46, and Robert Walter Nash, 48, both of Palmer, received three misdemeanor summonses to appear in Palmer District Court, troopers said. Matthew Keplinger, 56, of Kodiak, received two misdemeanor summonses.
Martin’s attorney did not return a call for comment.
Nash’s Palmer attorney, Chad McGrady, said his client is a personal friend.
“I regret the state has elected to charge him with a fish and game crime,” McGrady said. He declined to discuss details of the case, citing a general office rule not to talk about pending cases.
Wildlife troopers received a report on Aug. 10 of, “several individuals chasing a moose through a swamp near the Knik River,” with an airboat and trying to shoot it with bow and arrow, troopers said in a dispatch posted Wednesday. Another complaint came in Aug. 13.
An investigation revealed that Martin and Nash shot the moose from Martin’s airboat, troopers said. Martin and Keplinger operated the boat.
Troopers seized moose meat, compound bows, the airboat and a boat trailer after executing search warrants, they said. They filed charges Oct. 3 in Palmer District Court.
All three men are scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 17.