Former Duck Group Leader Admits to Violating Bird-Protection Laws

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An Idaho man—once the leader of the Hagerman chapter of Ducks Unlimited—was sentenced Monday for duck baiting and has been banned from hunting in the United States.

The Associated Press reports that Idaho Ducks Unlimited condemns the actions of 48-year-old Charles Steele who, prosecutors said, violated federal bird-protection laws by placing corn on private farmland near Gooding to enhance his hunting opportunities. Steele pleaded guilty to the charges and, in addition to the hunting ban, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation, a $2,000 fine and 25 hours of community service.

Prosecutors said that on Jan. 12, Steele and two companions were hunting from a duck blind near where Steele had strewn large quantities of whole corn.

The AP reports that Steele had been previously convicted in 2000 on drug possession and assault charges, and in 2001, pleaded guilty to violating a domestic-violence protective order.

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