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April 16, 2008

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Iditarod Champ Calls Poaching Charges “Bogus”

Last week, four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King was charged with illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park and Preserve. Now, he’s telling his side of the story.

From the Juneau Empire:

According to King, the moose fell about 600 feet inside the park boundary. The moose may have covered all or part of that distance after the first time he shot it, King said.

"I shot it once, it ran, I shot it again," he said. "I did not believe I was in the park. . . .

“The fact that [park rangers] think I was hiding something ... the whole thing is humiliating," said King.


Around here, we hunt right up against each others property lines. As long as we can't see deer on their land to get a shot(while it is on their land) nobody seems to mind them trespassing to retrieve an animal. When they are sitting on the edge of clearing facing your field from their land, thats when you get mad. If this guys moose ran into the park like he claims, what's the problem? It's realy his word against theirs. Inocent until proven guilty, says I.

Mc. Squizzy

If he's not lying and it did run into the park, yeah what's the problem. He couldn't control it.


Seem to me if the park boundries where not posted or fenced at the exact spot than we are splitting hairs and if the animal was shot outside the boundry and ran into the park Jeff King was perfectly legal in doing so.

Once shot it is the hunters responibility to recover the animal, That is written law where I come from. Sometimes you need permission to do so if it went onto posted or park land.

Shooting any game animal and having it run onto posted property is perfectly legal.

Animals very rairly drop on the spot.

If you have not had an animal run after a shot then you haven't been hunting very long.

Its like getting a speeding ticket for 56 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.

Seem to me the park ranger was not a hunter or he was having a BAD day!

If I was on the jury I would vote INNOCENT!



I am not going to say that I wouldn't have done the same thing. But the fact remains that he recovered the animal off of property that he was not allowed to hunt. Here in Alabama you have to have permission from the land owner to recover an animal that has cross on their property. The best way to avoid that problem is to stay away from other peoples property. Remove the temptation.


Yea i agree. It is really the legal and ethical obligation of the hunter to retrieve an animal he has shot.
I assume it was all legal for him to be moose hunting in the begining, so the fact that the animal ran 600 feet into the park AFTER being shot doesn't bother me that much.

Plus, i may be making a mistake by doing this, but the fact that he's the idatarod champ tells me that he knows about and respects the natural world and animals. So, I wouldn't expect him to be poaching.
But thats not to say that he definetly wasn't.


Man that is hard to say. From reading this article only it seems that he has done nothing wrong. But Something tells me the rangers had some form of evidence that tells them it was shot inside the park. The fact of the matter is that Hunting is the funest thing or government lets us do and I dislike it when Poachers ruin our privledges(I am Not saying that he is a Poacher)

John R

Not enough info available for me. I would say let the evidence decide. There may be things we don't know about such as blood trails, did the ranger find the initial bullet impact site and etc? Definitely innocent until proven guilty. If it is as Mr. King states, then the authorities are being nit picky.

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