January 23, 2013
Ohio Men Sentenced for Illegal Hunting Guide Operation
By Chad Love
Three Ohio men are headed for prison after being convicted of running an illegal hunting guide service on thousands of acres of land they didn't own or lease.
From this story in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch:
Scott Walsh advertised himself as a hunting guide and sold multiday hunts costing $250 to $1,200. He said he owned or had permission to hunt on 1,600 acres of deer-hunting property in the New Albany area. He actually owned no property and had permission to hunt on only 15 acres of land, according to an Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigation. Walsh, 55, his son Justin Walsh, 23, and Steve Clemons, 48, made about $10,000 from the illegal tours. Most of the properties where the hunts took place were adjacent to woods, said Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for ODNR.
According to the story, the Walshes and Clemons guided at least 20 hunters from Ohio, Vermont, Texas, Michigan and New Hampshire on dozens of properties they didn't own or have permission to hunt. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources began conducted a two-year investigation into the ring after receiving numerous complaints, culminating in prison sentences of 12 months for two of the men and 15 months for the other.
Thoughts? Anyone ever been duped by a fake or illegal outfitter?