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Missouri trio racks up felony charges

Gregory Jerome Jaegers, 40, of Genevieve, Mo., and two alleged accomplices face multiple felonies after being charged with running an illegal hunting operation in Garfield County.Jaegers faces 22 felony and misdemeanor counts for allegedly operating an outfitter service without a license, illegally selling wildlife and illegally killing wildlife without a license. Richard W. Schroeder, 45, of Festus, Mo., and Keith C. Schweiss, 47, of Bloomsdale, Mo., are facing fewer counts, including two felony charges for willful destruction of wildlife. The trio will appear in District Court in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday for a bond hearing. Jaegers allegedly admitted to the Colorado Division of Wildlife that he operated his Renegade Guide Service – based in Missouri – north of Parachute without a license for nearly a decade before being licensed in 2005, according to an affidavit filed in district court. Jaegers allegedly told undercover CDOW and Missouri Department of Conservation agents during a hunt last year that he was going to advertise his guiding service more frequently and would need to “get legal.” His hunting guides were supposed to have first aid certification to work for him legally, but they were “moonlighting” off of Jaegers’ certification, according to court documents. Jaegers also admitted to a slate of other violations, including:• Killing a black bear and having someone else tag it • Illegally baiting a bear that was killed by another hunter• Illegally killing another bear that had been trespassing into a hunting cabin• Illegally killing a mule deer with a scoped muzzleloader and having Schroeder tag it• Illegally allowing Schroeder to kill a mule deer buck with a rifle and then tagging it with Jaegers’ muzzleloader license• Illegally being present when Schweiss allegedly killed a mountain lion with a scoped muzzleloader and instructing Schweiss to abandon the carcass• Instructing another man to abandon the carcass of a cow elk that the man allegedly illegally shot with a scoped muzzleloader. Schweiss allegedly admitted to killing the mountain lion with a scoped muzzleloader and abandoning the carcass, paying Jaegers, who did not have a guiding license, up to $2,000 each year for hunts in Colorado for six years between 1996 and 2004, and acting as a hunting guide for Jaegers in 2005. Schroeder allegedly admitted to several violations, including serving as a hunting guide for Jaegers in 2004 and illegally killing and abandoning a black bear. As of Monday, no charges for Schroeder had been filed in District Court.Schweiss, who said he works for the maintenance department at the Genevieve, Mo., school district, said Monday he has no comment on the charges. Calls to Jaegers did not go through because of phone network problems, and Schroeder did not return a call seeking comment. In a press release, CDOW’s lead investigator said the further the department investigated Jaegers, Schroeder and Schweiss, the larger the case became. Four of Jaegers’ hunting clients were also charged with wildlife violations, to which they pleaded guilty and paid fines over $5,000. Miller said he expects others will be charged in the case.


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