FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vicki M. Boatwright or July 31, 1995 Diana M. Hawkins HUNTERS CONVICTED OF VIOLATING THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT
Three North Carolina men and an unidentified male juvenile were sentenced in Federal Court July 18, 1995, after being found guilty of multiple hunting violations in connection with an illegal closed season waterfowl hunt in Carteret County.
The four defendants, Richard Hamilton, George Richards, Michael Grow, and the unidentified juvenile pled guilty to multiple hunting violations and were convicted July 18, 1995, in U.S. District Court in New Bern, North Carolina. Charges outlined in a plea agreement included conspiracy to violate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and unlawfully taking migratory birds during closed season, with the aid of bait, and taking more than the daily bag limit.
When sentenced, the defendants each received three years probation and a $1,040 fine. Under the terms of their probation, they are prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms and they forfeited all their guns and hunting equipment.
The trial date for a fifth hunter who also allegedly participated and planned the illegal hunt has been set for August 9, 1995. Corbet Davis III, has been charged with an eight-count indictment for aiding and abetting the other four hunters during the unlawful hunt.
According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement agents, hunters Davis and Hamilton, using a hunting technique that was outlawed in 1918 to kill large numbers of waterfowl, baited the hunting area daily with fresh corn for four days leading up to the February 12, 1995, planned hunt. Agents estimate that ducks consumed more than 150 pounds of corn each day near a blind erected by the hunters.
At 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the hunt, the five codefendants allegedly entered the blind and aided by the light of a full moon, fired a barrage of approximately 20 shots into a flock of ducks feeding on the bait, killing 56 birds, agents said.
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