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Game and Fish Commissioner cited for killing prairie dog

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 5:00 am | Updated: 7:33 am, Fri Aug 10, 2012.

SPRINGERVILLE — Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner and former game warden Jack Husted pled not guilty in Round Valley Justice Court to charges that he killed a prairie dog out of season.

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  • peterh posted at 4:19 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    peterh Posts: 71

    WOW he turns himself in and then pleads not guilty???? I guess Ill wait for the rest of the story on Friday.I personally dont think shooting prarrie dogs is a crime worth using tax dollars to prosecute,season or no season.

  • wes alderson posted at 10:52 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    wes alderson Posts: 9935

    This story is a bit hard to understand. Either we have a painstakingly honest man, or somebody who is a little dim. It's also possible that he wants to generate some press coverage so he can run for a higher office.

  • Allen posted at 11:36 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    Allen Posts: 9

    Let's get some facts out....there was a large article in the last issue of Arizona Wildlife News, the official publication of Game and Fish, about the extensive effort going on to re-introcude this animal into Arizona after it was wiped out by hunters and ranchers. This is an expensive program and this guy should have full knowledge of it's intent.The article makes clear the need for this animal as food for others and as an asset to the range. Killing one just for "fun" is irresponsible.

    He is also a reserve Game and Fish officer, and is rexponsible for citing those who violate the law, when he obviously doesn't know the laws. Higher aspirations sounds viable....like the Director of Game and Fish.

  • mytwocents posted at 6:02 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    mytwocents Posts: 20

    The article in AZ Republic is interesting and makes this ho-hum story kind of interesting. Huster is not happy he got cited. This tells me the fish and game agency doesn't know what the heck is going on; or at least leaves one thinking that! That's a good strategy, keep the public guessing (yes we know what we are doing, wait a minute, no we really don't).

  • movin on posted at 7:38 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    movin on Posts: 6

    I for one don't think it is right for you to pass judgement on others when you yourself can't follow the rules. I think you should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law just like the ones that have sat before you to take their punishment. I also think you should be removed from your commissioner position.

  • The Real Voice posted at 8:40 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    The Real Voice Posts: 40

    Too much time meeting with Barry Weller and the suspended Treasurer to remember the laws he administers.

  • Desert Rat posted at 11:33 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    Desert Rat Posts: 101

    Mmmm. An onion, a chili pepper and some potatoes. Now that's dog!

  • Greg Kroeger posted at 4:09 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Greg Kroeger Posts: 9

    Sounds to me he did the right thing. I wish the good folks of the White Mountains would stop 'judging' in this media. I don't know Mr. Husted, and I suspect no one here does. Pleading guilty is uncommon Peterh, whether guilty or not. Many have admitted guilt, but reserve the right to be treated fairly and in accordance with others similarly accused.

  • Greg Kroeger posted at 4:26 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Greg Kroeger Posts: 9

    'Higher Aspirations' Really? Read the applicable state statutes and get an idea about what may have happened.

  • Russ_in_WML posted at 7:40 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Russ_in_WML Posts: 1836

    A good spot for these would be East of the Show Low airport runway down in the little Mormon Lake drainage. On a good day at one sitting, lasting for about an hour I took out 30. I had a spotter of course because they are about the size of a beer can and at 300 yds they blend in. I use my AR-15 with 20" Shaw barrel and JP trigger and fast follow-up shots. A nice praire dog killin platform.

    The reintroduction of the black tailed prairie dog is a good thing as this species is much larger and easier to spot and target.

    Of course one should be careful when around prairie dogs as most of them have fleas which carry plague. Therefore a good rifle accurate at long distances is recommended.

  • Russ_in_WML posted at 7:43 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Russ_in_WML Posts: 1836

    Oh forgot to add the .223 load I make up for prarie dog killin is a 40 grain Barnes Varmint Grenade. The bullet lives up to its name believe me.


  • che guevara posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    che guevara Posts: 1173

    Perhaps we should consider ourselves lucky it was only a praire dog . Several years ago a New Mexico Game and Fish Official over in the Ramah area poached a deer and tried to get away with it . Somehow he got found out and was subsequently transferred to a different part of the state rather than terminated , the good o'l boy network you see . Why not just give Husted some community service and a sitation , this is hardly a newsworthy story , then again this is the WMI .

  • che guevara posted at 1:17 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    che guevara Posts: 1173

    To Russ-in-WML ; At the risk of seeming argumentative , it strikes me as odd that someone like you who wears their Christianity like a badge ( as evidenced in other editorial postings ) and who is so quick to condemn other religions as " evil ", would take delight in the wanton and needless killing of defenseless creatures . Furthermore , the hi-tech arsenal of weapon , optics and equipment required to do this must make you feel manly indeed . I am sure that Freud would have had an interesting interpretation of all this . There must surely be something in your Good Book that would agree with this observation . Perhaps if you were to eat all 30 of the prairie dogs that you killed , including fur , entrails and all , the Allmighty might see this as a sign of atonement for such a senseless slaughter .

  • Russ_in_WML posted at 2:43 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Russ_in_WML Posts: 1836

    Christianity has nothing to do with the legal bag limit of prarie dogs here in AZ which is unlimited. (and for a reason)

    My "arsenal" makes the "job" easier, hence the ability to take 30 in an hour from a town that holds over a thousand. And no, LOL do I think its a sin.

    I wouldnt care what Freud would have to say about anything.

    If you dont like it, take it up with the game and fish commission... or better yet, call your PETA friends.


  • Russ_in_WML posted at 2:46 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Russ_in_WML Posts: 1836

    And WOW do them varmint grenade bullets work!!

  • Whiplash Willy posted at 5:21 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Whiplash Willy Posts: 1261

    But officer there was a prarie dog town in front of the radar van.

  • ladyjayne posted at 5:07 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    ladyjayne Posts: 1

    "He forgot" sure isnt a good defense. One is suppose to know the laws before "hunting". Especially a former Game and Fish person should know to check the laws before choosing to break the law. How can you plead not guilty when he already has said he didnt know the law changed. Well Jack unfortunetly you should be treated like anyone else that breaks the law. Just because your well known or former Fish and Game personnel you broke the law, and should know better. I do hope they just fine you though...we all make our mistakes.


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