BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho man who once headed a group whose mission it is to protect ducks is being punished for using illegal methods to hunt them.
Charles D. Steele of Hagerman was sentenced Monday to a year of supervised probation, a $2,000 fine and 25 hours of community service in U.S. District Court.
On Sept. 25, he pleaded guilty to violating federal bird-protection laws by baiting ducks placing corn on private farmland near Gooding to attract waterfowl -- and enhance hunting opportunities.
The 48-year-old Steele is the former president of the Hagerman Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, whose motto is "filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever."
The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
While on probation, Steele is forbidden to hunt in the United States.
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