CT: Duck hunter fined $4,000 for violating 1930s regulation

https://sports.yahoo.com/duck-hunter-fined-4-000-150156148.html

11/03/2022

A man in Connecticut was caught illegally baiting ducks around a hunting blind by spreading kernels of corn and then shooting them, doing so under the watchful eyes of the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police, which had been tipped off by an anonymous complaint.

David Foster, 51, of Westbrook, and two other hunters shot and retrieved ducks over the area that had been baited by Foster. When confronted, Foster admitted he had spread corn over the hunting area to attract ducks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut stated.

Foster violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which bans people from hunting any migratory game bird by baiting, and was fined $4,000 by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley.

In late September and early October 2020, the Environmental Conservation Police and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, acting on a tip, investigated the spreading of whole kernel corn around a hunting blind on Menunketesuck Island in Westbrook.

David Foster, 51, of Westbrook, and two other hunters shot and retrieved ducks over the area that had been baited by Foster. When confronted, Foster admitted he had spread corn over the hunting area to attract ducks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut stated.

Foster violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which bans people from hunting any migratory game bird by baiting, and was fined $4,000 by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley.

In late September and early October 2020, the Environmental Conservation Police and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, acting on a tip, investigated the spreading of whole kernel corn around a hunting blind on Menunketesuck Island in Westbrook.

On Oct. 10, 2020, the opening day of duck hunting season, officers established surveillance near the duck blind and observed Foster and two other hunters shooting and retrieving ducks over the area that had been baited.

Foster pleaded guilty on Aug. 2, 2022.

The hunter previously violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act near the same river by baiting waterfowl in 2009, prosecutors say, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

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