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Hunting guide permanently banned in plea deal

The Columbian

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The license of an Alaska hunting guide has been permanently revoked as part of a plea agreement.

Alaska State Troopers say 45-year-old Michael Vanning of Verdale, Wash., pleaded guilty last week to guide offenses near Fort Yukon and Kotzebue (KAHTZ’-eh-bew).

The offenses include wanton waste, failure to salvage game and failure to supervise clients and assistant guides.

Vanning was fined $90,000, with $80,000 suspended, and banned from hunting for 12 years.

Vanning owned Gateway Guiding Inc. and operated sheep, grizzly bear and moose hunts.

The state dismissed other cases from Sand Point and Fairbanks. He had faced charges of guiding on private land, failing to report a violation and possessing or transporting illegally taken game.

The sentence is Vanning’s third since 1998. He forfeited an airplane in a previous case.