A Kansas guide service was slapped with the largest wildlife-related fine in state history for illegally using an airplane to scout and hunt deer. The final tally was $104,000, which included $15,000 in restitution and $89,000 for the return of his plane.
The guide, Dwight Krebs, advertised hunts on his west Kansas ranch for $2,500 per person. Included in the package fee was the chance to go aloft in his plane to spot and track deer.
Local sportsmen who saw a plane chasing deer alerted wildlife officials to the practice. Undercover agents booked a hunt with Krebs during the 2003 firearms season, and later charged him for illegally taking hunters in his plane.