Three arrested for poaching in March

Three men have been charged with numerous offenses, including one felony, for allegedly poaching at the Carlyle Lake Waterfowl Management Area south of Vandalia in March.
Named in information filed last Wednesday by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison are Bradley J. Peters, 19, of Bethalto; Daniel E. Groves, 35, of Wood River; and Steven J. Dean, 23, of Granite City.
Warrants were issued late last week, with bond set at $3,000 for each, and they posted bond on Tuesday.
Each has been charged with six counts that allege hunting violations on March 6:
• Unlawful take of waterfowl valued in excess of $600, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
That count alleges that the men illegally killed 39 ducks.
• Unlawful possession of freshly killed species, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
That count alleges that the men killed 39 ducks during closed season.
• Wanton waste of migratory waterfowl, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500.
That count alleges that the men killed 39 ducks and left them laying.
• Unlawful take of migratory waterfowl, a Class B misdemeanor.
That count alleges that the men illegally killed 39 ducks during closed season.
• Unlawful take overlimit of mallards, a Class B misdemeanor.
That count alleges that the men illegally killed 27 mallard ducks.
• Unlawful take overlimit of pintails, a Class B misdemeanor.
That count alleges that the men illegally killed 12 pintail ducks.
Groves was also charged with possession of a firearm, a 12-gauge shotgun, without having a current Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
That charge is a Class 4 felony.
The Illinois Conservation Police began seeking the public’s help in solving this case on March 11, asking anyone with information to use the state’s T.I.P. (Target Illinois Poachers) hotline.
At that time, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources noted that hunting ducks out of season potentially carries both state and federal penalties.
Spring duck hunting was eliminated a century ago by the McLean-Weeks Act, the first law passed in the United States to regulate the shooting of migratory birds, according to the March 11 press release.
 

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