TV host pays price for illegal deer hunt

It's all captured on film, and he's not the only one who's gotten busted

Bob Beck, co-host of "Extreme Outer Limits" on The Sportsman Channel won't be filming himself participating in public hunting seasons in Oregon — or 36 others states — next year.

Beck's TV broadcast of a 2010 hunt helped seal his case, forcing him to plead guilty last month to hunting illegally near St. Maries, Idaho.

On the broadcast, the Oregon-based hunter explained Idaho's rules allow hunters to purchase a second tag that entitles them to shoot an additional whitetail.

Indeed, he bags two deer for his viewers' pleasure.

But working with a tip from a sportsman a year after the TV show aired, Idaho Fish and Game officers and Benewah County prosecutors were able to prove, among other things, that Beck had purchased only one tag.

Beck was required to pay $2,600 in fines and restitution and he lost hunting privileges in 37 states that cooperate to shun illegal hunters.

He'll be able to ply his style in the West only on private, canned-hunt ranches, where he won't have to bother with silly state hunting laws that protect public resources.

Incidentally, he's lucky the feds didn't bother to pursue him for violating the Lacey Act by transporting the illegally killed deer across that state line to Oregon.

Being a felony offense, that could have taken a bit of the firepower out of his hunting show.

A federal gun restriction might tarnish TV show hosts who bill themselves as being "capable and able to make competent, ethical harvests at extreme distances" of more than 1,000 yards.

Dave Overman, IFG conservation officer, said several TV hunting show personalities have been prosecuted in Idaho. Among them:

  • Keith "Doc" Ainsley (Outdoor Icon Show) killed a sow black bear accompanied by her cubs in 2004
  • Glenn Berry filmed himself killing a bull elk in Idaho with a Montana tag. Berry has filmed big-game hunts worldwide for Big Bull Productions.

Overman senses the pressure to get television video of kill shots may factor into the illegal activity of hunting show personalities.

And wouldn't it be interesting to know how many TV kill shots were made on baited animals?

Enjoy the show.

Contact Rich Landers at 509-459-5508 or email richl@spokesman.com


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