Duby brother convicted, sentenced for bear baiting

Another case of poaching against a member of the Duby family has come to an end in Juneau.

Jason W. Duby, 36, reached an agreement with prosecutors and changed his plea to guilty for bear baiting without a permit and hunting in a closed area. Another charge of taking a black bear without an appropriate permit was dropped.

For each of the remaining charges, Duby was sentenced to ten days in jail with all ten days suspended. That means no time to serve. He was also fined a total of $8,000 with $4,000 suspended. He was ordered to pay restitution totaling $1220. That includes the black bear that was taken. He also forfeits the hide and skull, a bow, and a trail camera. His hunting privileges are revoked for a year and he’ll be on probation for three years.

Duby, originally listed as from Clelum, Washington, called into Tuesday’s sentencing hearing from a charter boat off the coast of Hawaii where he’s apparently working as a sport fishing guide. The hearing paused briefly as Duby’s cellphone lost the connection. Most of his comments were “yep” and “yeah” in response to routine questions from Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy. Later he said “I don’t need to say anything.”

Duby is one of the brothers of 37-year old Michael Patrick Duby, owner and operator of FishHunter Charters in Juneau, who was also convicted of hunting and fishing violations. For Jason Duby, investigators say he took a bear at a bait station behind Michael Duby’s house on Glacier Highway.

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