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Old 01-30-2007, 04:37 PM
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Interesting article

Some people may recognize the name some may not.

"http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/01/30/grizzly-poacher.html"

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Alberta man fined for killing Yukon grizzly
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | 12:49 PM CT
CBC News

A 45-year-old Alberta man who bragged on the internet about killing a Yukon grizzly bear has been fined $4,000 for illegal hunting.

Richard Graves, of Wetaskiwin, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced in a Whitehorse court Monday.

Graves came to the Yukon last May to hunt for a grizzly with Yukoner David Odo, a man he had met on a website called Canadian Gun Nutz, the court was told in an agreed statement of facts.

Odo received a special permit to guide Graves on a hunt in the Takhini area north of Whitehorse.

After two weeks with no success, the pair, along with another Yukoner, Robert Russel, travelled to an area south of Haines Junction, far from the approved hunting location, where Graves had better luck.

The next day they posted a photo of Graves with his bear trophy along with a story about the hunt on the Canadian Gun Nutz website.

The area where they shot the bear is the exclusive hunting area of Devilhole Outfitters. A hunt with Devilhole would cost about $25,000, the court was told.

When questioned by officials after the hunt where the bear had been killed, they lied, saying it was near Takhini Crossing where they had permission to hunt.

The $4,000 fine includes a $500 trophy fee and a $2,000 rifle that was confiscated when Graves was charged.

Graves has also been banned from hunting in the Yukon for seven years.

Russel has already been fined $1,500 for his part in the hunt. Odo is scheduled to go to trial in March.
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Old 01-30-2007, 06:20 PM
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Re: Interesting article

this isn't the same wildcat bullet richard graves is it?
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: Interesting article

Afraid so, there's a few things in the article that don't ring true though. It doesn't change what was done but I read the thread on that particular bear and at no point did Richard "brag" or post at all regarding the matter. The thread and pictures were posted by someone else.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:49 PM
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Re: Interesting article

With just the little information in this article I'm gonna say I suspect that this was a case of far less than flagrant disrespect for the law(s).

I'm sticking with Richard as a fine man and I'll pass no judgement based on this info. I've met and chatted with Richard and his family several times and have been a guest in his house, he's a fine man with a fine family... There's something more here that we're not completely aware of I'm sure.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:01 PM
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Re: Interesting article

Richard has always dealt honestly with me.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:30 PM
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Richard has always been a stand up guy with everybody and it looks to me like he was up front with this and took his licks like a man. I wish only the best for him and his family. Everyone makes mistakes, it's whether we learn form them or not that shows what we are made of.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:53 PM
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Re: Interesting article

Richard Graves is a friend and someone that I hold in the highest respect. I consider him to be one of the most honest and up front guys I've ever dealt with and that is how I will continue to view him. As a friend, I'll stand behind and beside him, and I'm sure that this will work itself out. If an animal was killed in the wrong area, I'm of the belief that Richard did nothing intentionally wrong. He's just not that kind of a guy. Don't judge or convict anyone until you know all of the facts, and all of the facts are something we'll probably never really know.

Given all of the above, I stand beside and behind Richard 100% and will continue to do so.
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