Federal agent convicted of illegal duck hunting

January 25, 2011

ABINGDON, Va. —

A Bristol-based federal agent pleaded guilty to illegal duck hunting in Washington County General Sessions Court this morning.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Brian Clarke Snedeker, 43, of Bristol, Va., was convicted of hunting ducks in a baited area and exceeding the daily bag limit of ducks, both misdemeanor hunting crimes.

He was fined $100.

Snedeker was charged on Oct. 7, opening day of duck hunting season. According to court records, he had three ducks more than allowed by daily bag limits, which this year is six per day.

He was ordered Monday to pay an additional $50 per duck over the limit.

Exceeding the bag limit is grouped in the Virginia Code with hunting ducks during a closed season. It is a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Baiting ducks, his other conviction, violates both federal and state law. Snedeker was charged in just state court.

In Virginia, it is a class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine.

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