Aussie hunters go feral in wilds of Idaho, USA

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  1. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010


    DRESSED in camouflage, the three officers from Idaho Department of Fish and Game were deep undercover in the rugged mountains, living on rations, camping rough and for nine days intently watching their quarry: A group of Australian hunters.

    The game wardens were aware that Anton Kapeller, 58, from central Tasmania, had for 20 years been bringing other Australians and New Zealanders to Idaho to hunt elk, deer and wolves.

    They had long suspected him of illegally hunting elk out of season. But what really motivated them was that Kapeller left his camps, high in the beautiful mountains, littered with rubbish.

    There was also a suspicion he was committing the ultimate sin: Taking antlers and leaving the meat to rot.

    This year game officers Marshall Haynes, Brian Flatter and Brian Marek were determined. With the help of various agencies, they knew Kapeller's travel movements well in advance.

    He was travelling with his long-time friend and neighbour Darren Tubb, 43, and Tubb's nephew Samuel Henley, 18, both first-time guests on his hunt.

    Tubb and Henley bought tags which allowed them each to shoot one elk, one deer and one wolf. But for Kapeller, the rules didn't really matter.

    The place he was taking them to was so remote they could do as they pleased.

    The officers positioned themselves in Kapeller's favourite spot - high in the Sawtooth National Forest. "We were dressed like hunters, in full camo, carrying rifles," Mr Flatter said.

    "So, if we were seen, it wouldn't be too surprising. But we worked extra hard not to be detected. We were hiking in the dark, and by day we were watching them."

    On October 26, the wardens watched as the party (which included another Tasmanian and a New Zealander, who were not convicted of any offence) set up base camp. Kapeller knew a spot where the elk liked to graze. He put Tubb and Henley in position and, on October 28 just before nightfall, a prized six-point bull elk appeared.

    So did the game wardens.

    Tubb and Henley were in radio contact with Kapeller, who told them: "Go for it," even though elk season had not opened. Henley took three shots but missed. Tubb took over and nailed the elk.

    The officers did not make an immediate arrest.

    "We're looking at guys in camouflage. We couldn't say for sure who did what. We saw the elk go down but we needed more," Mr Flatter said.

    Over the following days, Tubb, Henley and Kapeller returned to the kill site. They took a small bit of meat but were only interested in the "rack" - the antlers.

    MEANWHILE, the officers paid secret visits to the now bloated elk, taking DNA samples.

    Tubb and Henley dragged the elk into a more open spot to attract bears and wolves.

    Henley shot two wolves and later claimed on Facebook that he had done so in self defence.

    That was not true, said Mr Marek.

    "The wolf was just standing there," he said.

    "I think he's trying to save face with his buddies.

    "He is a good kid, he's not a monster, but he's starting to throw some stuff around that's not quite true."

    Henley had a tag which allowed him to kill only one wolf, so Tubb transferred his to his nephew. Another illegal move. On November 3, as the group left the area on their horses, the undercover officers moved in.

    "Everyone was very untruthful," Mr Marek said. "They said the elk was killed on November 1 and the wolves were killed by Henley and Tubb. None of that was true."Once we determined they weren't going to be co-operative, we showed them our eight-day beards and said: 'We know you wasted the elk'."The three were sent to Elmore County Jail, where they spent six days. They pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing and were ordered to post bail bonds up to$75,000. They eventually pleaded guilty.Everyone in Idaho understands hunting. It's not about dead animals or pitying wolves and elk. It's about doing the right thing.

    The three were each fined up to $5000 and lost their bonds. Kapeller and Tubb lost their guns and will never be allowed to hunt or fish in Idaho again - a ban that also covers most US states.

    And they will never again eat huckleberry cheesecake at Trudy's Kitchen, in Idaho City, where Kapeller was a loyal customer.

    Owner Trudy Jackson said: "I sent (Kapeller) away with huckleberry cheesecake only two weeks ago. I'm just floored that they came to the States and took advantage of us. It's so disappointing. I can't believe they did that."
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    if they'd have done similar here they'd a been locked up for 5 years no if's no but's truth in sentancing act and thats the minimum for a offence with a firearm here ( unless your mooslim)

    Kapeller has a history of running close to the wind here in his business of real estate , other shooters who know him say he thinks he is smarter than everyone , maybe to trusting aussies , but the the fish and game folks over there .. glads you got him , maybe this kick in the pants will wake him up ..

    his history shows he needs a wake up
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  3. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    The Aussie news says the Americans are just jealous of Anton''s hunting skills:eek: :bleh: and suggest out for vengeance .... I would have hung then high on the litter charge alone, its too bad they went and got a young kid involved , couple of jerks no doubt.

    cut and paste,

    TASMANIAN real estate agent Anton Kapeller, on poaching charges in the US, had hunted in Idaho for at least 15 years, sources in the hunting industry have told the Mercury.

    Numerous Tasmanians have travelled with Mr Kapeller to the same area near Atlanta, Idaho, where the men were allegedly caught poaching elk on October 28 two days before the season was due to start.

    Mr Kapeller, Darren Tubb, 43, and Samuel Henley, 19, all of Blackwood Creek, face a hearing today at 5pm Australian time.

    It is understood a fourth Tasmanian man on the trip came back shortly before charges were laid against his companions.

    One man who has travelled with Mr Kapeller to Idaho in the past 15 years said yesterday that Mr Kapeller and his friends hunted with a lot of energy, skill and vigour and may have been the subject of professional jealousy in the US.

    "The mountains there are 8000-9000 feet [2400-2700m] and the elk are up high," he said.

    He said Mr Kapeller had the ability to "hunt up high", which meant sleeping at 7000-8000 feet.

    "You've got to be fit and dedicated because the air is thin, and it would be nothing to carry a 100-pound [45kg] pack," a second hunter said.

    "Americans generally sleep at 3000-4000 feet [910-1200m] so it means the Tasmanians have the advantage of height when the elk start to head up the mountain in the morning," he said.

    "He is generally more successful than locals and they may have got resentful."

    Guides must be licensed in Idaho, where the three Tasmanians were apprehended by Marshall Haynes, Idaho's Conservation Officer of the Year in 2006.

    Evin Oneale, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman, said Mr Kapeller and another man had been hunting in the state for about a decade. "We've been watching these guys for quite a while," he said.

    "We've had reports from hunters that something was going on. For whatever reason that other man didn't make the trip this year."

    He said circumstances came together this hunting season to allow Idaho conservation officers to dedicate some manpower to the men's "goings on".

    Mr Oneale said the likely penalty was a fine with a possible ban from hunting in Idaho and three dozen other states.
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  4. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    the guys got a bad rep here for overcharging , and a few other things , a few folks bought US properties through him and found out they where unrentable due to the area , down town Chicago and area around there .. thats buyer beware but he's awful good at getting folks into strife here , sad he has to spread it over there too , like i said he thinks he's smarter than everyone else , and hunting above 6000 ft is common here , folks forget we have snow fields and alpine ranges bigger then all of switzerland ...

    if he's done it right like being licenced for a start, but from the folks who know him here this is typical ... rules are for others, not him .. hope he learns different there ,as he aint learned it here
  5. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    Caught once in 15 years. I doubt he's learned anything, except how to do it different the next time. Hard to give up serious money without going for it " one more time ".
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