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Men charged with poaching dozens of ducks

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OTTAWA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Four Michigan men were ticketed for poaching nearly 60 wild ducks.

The men, all from the Coopersville area in Ottawa County, range in age from 20-to-24 and are scheduled to be in court later this month.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers said they found the four men on private property along an agricultural pond. The officer said he allegedly saw them shooting at crippled ducks on the water and gathering them.

“He located 58 ducks harvested by the four men along with a large amount of corn they had set out as bait in and along the edge of the pond,” said Sgt. Jeff Rabbers, District 7, Area 3 law supervisor for the DNR.

The ducks allegedly poached included 35 wood ducks and 23 mallards, including 13 mallard hens.

“Each hunter is allowed six ducks, but in this case all the ducks are illegal because the poachers were using bait, which is not allowed,” said Lt. Gerald Thayer, DNR District 7 law supervisor.

One of the men left, but was found during a traffic stop with a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

“One subject admitted to putting out the bait and another admitted to knowing there was bait out there,” Rabbers said. “The other two claimed that they did not know the site was baited.”

If convicted, the men could potentially be ordered to pay $29,000 in restitution ($500 for each duck) and to forfeit over $5,000 in high-end firearms, as well as having their hunting license revoked for three years each, along with the year of conviction.

In addition, the judge may order $50 to $500 in fines and costs and up to 90 days in the county jail.

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