Remember Monday’s Field Notes blog post on Illinois hunter and waterfowl hunting celebrity Jeff Foiles?
He’s also being indicted on a number of charges in Canada. Here’s a little more detail on that side of the case, from a story in the Edmonton Journal:
The head of an American-based hunting club faces 12 charges under the Criminal Code and federal wildlife laws for violations he allegedly committed while leading hunting trips in central Alberta between 2003 and 2007. Environment Canada laid the charges against Jeffrey Foiles last Thursday, the same day he pleaded not guilty in an Illinois court to a 23-count indictment accusing him of violations of U.S. federal wildlife laws. Of the 12 Canadian charges Foiles faces, two result from him allegedly causing “unnecessary pain and suffering to a bird contrary to the Criminal Code.” Environment Canada says Foiles’ 10 other charges fall under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and include taking more than the daily limit of geese and ducks, continuing to hunt even after the daily limit was reached. They also include hunting from a moving or power-operated boat, failing to immediately retrieve a migratory game bird after killing or wounding it and failing to immediately kill a wounded migratory game bird after it was retrieved.
According to the indictment, Foiles killed well over the daily waterfowl limits in Alberta, on one occasion shooting 24 ducks and 25 Canada geese during the filming of his show. The limits are five and eight, respectively. But perhaps the most interesting (in a heinous way) allegations are how Foiles allegedly collected his lanyard jewelry…
During the fall of 2005, the indictment says Foiles travelled to a city park in Loveland, Colo., after learning many Canada geese wearing neck collars and leg tags had been spotted at the park. He allegedly used bread to lure the tagged geese to his vehicle, where he shot them with a pellet gun and removed the tags. American officials allege Foiles used the tags he collected from the geese to decorate his duck and goose call lanyard, “which he wore prominently on his commercial hunting videos to advertise his skill and experience as a migratory waterfowl hunter.”
What say you, waterfowlers? Has the whole “my lanyard has more bands than your lanyard” thing gone a bit too far when some dude is (allegedly) shooting park geese just to collect the bands?