Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye

December 10, 2010 by  

After years of rumors and speculation, a federal grand jury returned 23-count felony indictment today charging Jeff Foiles of Foiles Migrators.  This is a huge black eye in the waterfowl industry.  Jeff Foiles, a well known representative of the waterfowl industry, is looked up upon by many and is affiliated with many products and companies.   Whether proven guilty or innocent, these indictments are indicative of all the forum chatter the past couple years of many illegal acts taking place out of that camp.   It’s also another reason for anti-hunting groups to show the non-hunting public what the industry is about.  And with that, it’s a terrible shame.

From the DOJ website:

Professional Duck Hunter Charged with Guiding Illegal Waterfowl Hunts in Central Illinois
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Springfield, Ill., returned a 23-count felony indictment today charging Jeffrey B. Foiles with conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, and making false writings in connection with the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts, the Department of Justice announced today.

The indictment charges Foiles, 53, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., with conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and the federal false writings statute, 12 substantive violations of the Lacey Act, and ten counts of making false writings in a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Lacey Act is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell wildlife taken in violation of federal law or regulation. The act defines the sale of wildlife to include the sale of guiding services for the illegal taking of wildlife.

The indictment alleges that from 2003 to 2007, Foiles conspired with others to knowingly transport and sell ducks and geese that had been hunted and killed in violation of federal laws protecting migratory birds. In particular, Foiles is alleged to have sold guided waterfowl hunts at the Fallin’ Skies Strait Meat Duck Club in Pike County, Ill., for the purpose of illegally hunting and killing ducks and geese in excess of hunters’ individual daily bag limits. Foiles and his associates are also alleged to have falsified hunting records at the club in order to conceal the excesses, and to have filmed the illegal hunts for inclusion in commercial hunting videos.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The maximum penalty for a felony violation of the Lacey Act or the federal false writing statute includes up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the government of Canada. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois and the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section.

The duck club is currently up for sale online.  You can see the listing here.

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7 Comments on "Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye"

  1. Owen Trott on Sun, 9th Jan 2011 5:11 pm 

    This is a damn shame and is a massive blow to the dignity and respect of all law abiding waterfowlers. Jeff Foiles is revered by many waterfowlers throughout the country and to hear about this is damaging to his character and I hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  2. Kerry Edwards on Tue, 11th Jan 2011 6:15 am 

    Anyone who has profited as much as Jeff from our waterfowl resource should be held to a higher standard. If he is convicted a lifetime ban from waterfowl hunting would be the only sentence that fits this crime!

  3. shawn on Sat, 22nd Jan 2011 4:16 am 

    Wow what a sad day for waterfowlers across America .their is no punishment great enough for what he has done if found guilty.

  4. tim on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 1:54 am 

    It is indeed unfortunate that these allegations have occurred against this man and I will do as we all should: he is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise. And I certainly hope that these allegations are without merit. All of us waterfowlers have a tremendous respect for our resources and there is no doubt that our natural resources are protected and benefit from our efforts. It is counter intuitive for those who do not engage is hunting activities to understand our passion….there is nothing more satisfying than contributing to the success of animal populations and feeling the rewards associated with harvesting a responsible number of those animals through fair chase. Enjoy the pursuit my friends.

  5. Marvin Spring on Sat, 12th Mar 2011 10:50 pm 

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone at Jeff. For the Law is the benchmark that identifies sin. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Pray for all involved in this situation and may forgiveness be the rule of the day, so healing can begin immediately. Waterfowl are a great gift from our creator and the sport is awesome. Be aware and thankful for this gift and pray that the Lord will heal all of those involved here.

  6. greg on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 11:24 am 

    I am not happy to hear he has done this but he sure makes a hell of a good goose and duck calls. if he is found guilty then thats life we all make mistakes he is only human.

  7. john on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 1:44 am 

    anybody else would have got their hunting license taking away from them for good and got pro $500,000 fine and 10 years in prison but just because hes well known goose hunter he only gets $250,000 fine and 5 years in prison if proven guilty thats bullshit right there.

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