Alaska Man Cited For Illegal Bartering: “I Need Some Firewood and I’m Willing to Trade Some Moose Meat”

Chad Gerondale, 41, has hired well-known Fairbanks attorney Bill Satterberg to represent him in the “meat for heat” case, as it has been dubbed by online spectators.


“I’ve got a lot to say about it but (Satterberg) told me not to,” Gerondale told the News-Miner Tuesday morning when he returned phone messages left during the weekend.


Alaska Wildlife Troopers last week issued Gerondale a summons to appear in court on Feb. 3 to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of illegal barter of game meat. Troopers issued a news release Friday stating Gerondale had been cited for agreeing to trade 125 pounds of moose meat for two cords of firewood.


Buying, selling or bartering of game meat, except snowshoe hares, is illegal. The one exception is caribou meat in northern and western Alaska (units 22-26) may be bartered, but the meat cannot be taken out of those units.


Gerondale allegedly offered to swap moose meat for firewood on the radio show, Tradio, which airs on KFAR 660 AM.


“The allegations are the guy was on Tradio and said, ‘I need some firewood and I’m willing to trade some moose meat,’” Satterberg said.


Trooper Ken Vanspronsen contacted Gerondale to make a deal and then showed up at his house and issued him a citation, Satterberg said.


Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


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Comment by Ghyslaine ROC on January 21, 2012 at 3:18am

We pay the government to be dictators over our lives.  Bartering is a NATURAL human right!  Solution: wake up and stop being the slaves of the Fascists.

Democracy is MOB rule and always leads to dictatorship. 


Comment by theGuild on January 20, 2012 at 8:34pm

i agrree that "it shouldn't be illegal" , but if a free community found that an act was in some way detrimental to it's subsistence , it could put the matter to a vote , and may possibly forbid it's recurrence .

Comment by apeman2502 on January 20, 2012 at 8:08pm

  I have partaken of the moose creature a few times. Believe me, the moose population needs protection. That is some tasty stuff. Hunting should only be done by people who know how to process the carcass, and do it efficiently and safely . Now, we have to consider the  NWO swine and look for BSE and Mad Cow, which Evergreen Airways may be spraying when they are not busy seeding clouds and gaming the weather derivatives market at tax payers' expense and their black economy profits.

Comment by TheLasersShadow on January 20, 2012 at 7:55pm

Point is that it shouldn't be illegal!

Comment by theGuild on January 20, 2012 at 7:45pm

Alaskan Game Laws ..... i know not of , so will not attempt reply .

However - i do think the guy should have kept it underground , put the meat on ice , let the word of a trade pass along family and friends and so on, which is most likely the usual way of trade, as throwing it out in the open, as he did , could/has brought it to the attention of the Law and so could imagine this to have caused a smidgen of anger in those communities which may rely on a brotherhood of bartering, though oddly those same folk may not be so unhappy at the aggressiveness of the situation , as for their sake , could see it as a gate to the outside that's best kept closed .



Comment by TheLasersShadow on January 20, 2012 at 6:44pm

That trooper needs to be deported to China ... seriously that should be the policy. We'll keep laws like that on the books and if any JACKASS enforces them we deport them. Great way of weeding out psychopathic power tripping thugs.

Comment by honeygirl on January 20, 2012 at 5:20pm

they suspect you now of being a terrorist,  if you are an organic gardener  , so  I 'm not surpised hes in trouble 

Comment by LibertyTreeBud on January 20, 2012 at 4:20pm

 Trooper Ken Vanspronsen there are no words to express my contempt of your actions.

Comment by Reg Random on January 20, 2012 at 3:48pm

 The new world order can't stand the idea of bartering because it leaves them out of the life/control equation. I opted to work for myself and trade/barter with my clients who are mostly poorer - this allows me to exclude the 'government' and allow us to live without 'those in control' extracting 'their commission' from any transaction.

Comment by TommyD on January 20, 2012 at 3:19pm


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