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Idaho hunter-farmer charged for baiting ducks

Flushing mallards. (The Spokesman-Review)
Flushing mallards. (The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING --  An Idaho farmer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to lure ducks into shooting range using corn.

The Idaho Statesman reports that federal law makes it illegal to use seeds or grain to lure waterfowl for hunting unless the seed or grain was already there from normal agricultural harvesting.

The law is meant to protect the birds from overharvesting.

According to the Nov. 10 indictment of farmer Gregory Obendorf of Parma, Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents began investigating after flying over Obendorf’s land and noticing several piles of corn kernels near a duck hunting blind.

Julie Klein Fischer, one of Obendorf’s attorneys, called it troubling that the government decided to indict the farmer instead of handing out a wildlife violation.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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