Foiles Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Wildlife Violation Charges

A well-known duck hunter and call maker who was indicted last month on numerous felony wildlife violations has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

From this story in the Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register:

“Fallin’ Skies” duck hunter Jeffrey Foiles entered a not guilty plea Thursday to a 23-count indictment accusing him of violating federal wildlife laws. Moments later, Foiles learned he would be facing charges in Canada, too. Foiles, best known for his series of “Fallin’ Skies” hunting videos, also is a waterfowl hunter, guide, call-maker and operator of Foiles Migrators Inc., a retail business near Pittsfield. He also is one of two owners of the Fallin’ Skies Strait Meat Duck Club in Pike County.

_He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore in Springfield Thursday to answer charges he regularly killed ducks and geese in excess of legal limits as part of his guiding and video production businesses. As he left the courtroom, Foiles was served with a summons to appear in court in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on April 5, the same day his trial is scheduled to start here. Details of the charges brought by Environment Canada were not immediately available. In the United States, Foiles is charged with conspiracy to violate federal laws against transporting or selling wildlife taken illegally, killing ducks and geese in excess of legal limits and keeping false records.

The indictment says Foiles routinely allowed customers to kill more birds than allowed and falsified records.Some hunts where limits were exceeded were included in hunting videos, the indictment says._

Reaction? Isolated incident or do you think it’s symptomatic of an out-of-whack, irresponsibly marketed, results-obsessed and personality-driven hunting culture? Discuss…