Outdoor writer and the former executive director of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, Lee Leschper, has been sentenced, along with his son, William, for hunting infractions committed three years ago in Alaska. As part of their punishment, both men were sentenced to write a story for publication about the importance of following fish and game laws.

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_…In the spring of 2008, Lepscher shot a black bear from a boat north of Juneau. Shooting black bears from boats in Southeast Alaska is against the law. After negotiations with prosecutors, Lepscher was finally sentenced Jan. 20 and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, of which $2,000 was suspended.

As part of the deal, Leschper had to forfeit the bear hide to the state and give up his hunting license for a year.

Reached by telephone at Morris Communications in Georgia on Thursday, he blamed his problems on some bad advice from a friend who told him to shoot.
_Lepscher said he “just happened to be in some bad company. In Alaska, you’ve really got to know the regulations better than your friends.”

Alaska had been good to Leschper since he left dual posts as outdoors editor at the Amarillo Globe-News and director of the Texas OWA for a position with the Juneau Empire. Leschper rose from advertising sales at the Empire to become vice president for advertising and regional ad director for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper.

The avid hunter and angler soon left the ADN to become vice president for classified advertising for Morris in Alaska. Morris is something of an Alaska publishing powerhouse. Its properties include Alaska Magazine, The Milepost, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, Kenai’s daily newspaper, the Peninsula Clarion, the Empire in Juneau and the Capital City Weekly, at which Lespher used to moonlight as an outdoors writer.

Lespher could soon find himself doing more outdoors writing whether he likes it or not, according to Alaska State Troopers.

“Additionally, both (Leschper and his son, William) were sentenced to write a story for publication concerning the importance of following fish and game laws,” the troopers reported in a press release.

William Leschper is currently the assistant city edtior at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the owner of “Will Leschper Outdoors.”_