Fans of the Sportsman Channel’s “The Syndicate” will be disappointed to learn that the show depicted four illegal Alaskan hunts, according to prosecutors.
Clark Dixon, host of the show, is looking down the barrel of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for two felonies: illegally operating a hunting camp and illegally shooting a brown bear (we like to call that move “pulling a Nugent.“)
The case revolves around the fact that Dixon is not a resident of Alaska – not a small fact considering that Alaska residents have access to many more hunting privileges than non-residents. But it gets even worse.
Clark’s father, Charles, was also charged with illegal transport.
Another host, Lance Walker, has also been charged with illegally shooting a bear, which he then let Clark tag as his own.
If one believes the prosecutors, then it sounds like all kinds of lawbreaking has been going on with “The Syndicate,” all the way back to 2009.
Allegedly, the production companies were also breaking the law by filming without having the required permit (we like to call that move, “pulling a Csonka.“)
Most any hunter (this author included!) pines to experience Alaska’s incredible wilderness. However, if you make a trip, I would strongly advise against “pulling a Dixon.”