Baiting big game alleged in grand jury indictment

A big-game outfitter in Meeker has been indicted by a Denver federal grand jury for allegedly baiting elk and deer for customers to kill, according to the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities allege Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 69, who runs D&S Guide and Outfitter in Meeker, placed hundreds of pounds of salt at a site in the White River National Forest each summer for five years to lure deer and elk there.

Customers paid up to $1,600 for the hunts in which they were posted in tree stands near the site to kill deer and elk as the animals sought the salt, according to the indictment.

Hunting guide Brian Douglas Kunz, 54, of Wisconsin, who worked seasonally for Rodebaugh, also is cited in the indictment. They face 10 felony counts of conspiracy and violating the Lacey Act for the acts that allegedly were carried out between 2002 and 2007.

The charges carry possible penalties of five years imprisonment for each felony count and up to $250,000 in fines.


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