|For Immediate Release
April 6, 1998
Contact: Diana M. Hawkins
ILLEGAL WATERFOWL HUNTING NETS ARKANSAS MAN
$6,500 FINE AND PROBATION
An Arkansas man received a $6,500 fine and three years probation in a Little Rock Federal Court, Thursday, for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
U.S. Magistrate H. David Young ordered Roy O. "Bud" McCollum, 56, of Stuttgart to make restitution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, prohibited him from hunting anywhere in the world during the first year of his probation, and banned him from hunting waterfowl for two additional years.
According to the six-count criminal information, McCollum operates a commercial duck hunting club on property owned by the estate of Kenneth "Slick" McCollum in Arkansas County, Arkansas. The criminal information charged that Bud McCollum aided and abetted paid clients in the taking of "over the limit" waterfowl during the 1994 and 1995 waterfowl hunting seasons. The charges stated that McCollum arranged for clients to return for an afternoon waterfowl hunt, after they had already killed their limit of ducks in the morning -- a practice known in duck hunting circles as "double dipping".
In one of the charges, to which McCollum pled guilty, he arranged for an additional afternoon hunt for his clients with a second guide, after he had guided them on an earlier hunt that morning. On this occasion the indictment shows that McCollum and the second guide, who shot no ducks themselves during the morning hunt, allowed their clients to shoot the guides' limits -- in effect allowing the clients to kill more than their daily limit of waterfowl. McCollum charged his clients an additional fee for sending them on the afternoon hunts where "over the limit" ducks were killed.
McCollum also pled guilty to conspiracy to violate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. According to the criminal indictment, on November 28, 1995, McCollum directed a co-conspirator to "get rid of" 15 hen mallards which were ducks killed in excess of the daily bag limit by clients of the McCollum Duck Club. These hen mallards were "breasted out" by the co-conspirator in violation of Federal regulations. The term "breasted out" refers to the unlawful removal of the bird's breast meat in the field before discarding the carcass. In return for McCollum's guilty plea, three of the original six charges were dismissed. Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry a maximum $5,000 fine, and six months imprisonment for each count. The case was investigated by special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages more than 94 million acres of land and water consisting of 512 national wildlife refuges, 65 national fish hatcheries, 38 wetland management districts with waterfowl production areas, and 50 wildlife coordination areas.
The agency also enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat, such as wetlands, administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.
Release #: R98-024
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