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FL: FWC charges hunting show host

April 22, 2010

FWC charges hunting show host

Gary Finch accused of exceeding turkey limits, hunting near bait

CAMPBELLTON - The host and the cameraman of a syndicated hunting show each were charged with breaking four state hunting laws the opening weekend of turkey season.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say Gary Finch of "Gary Finch Outdoors" knowingly exceeded bag limits, lied on a permit application and baited birds illegally with food. Cameraman Steven Layton also was charged with shooting a turkey too close to a feeding stand.

State law prohibits hunters from taking a turkey from within 100 yards of an active feeding station, FWC Lt. Stan Kirkland said, and he said anyone who hunts ought to know that.

"It's considered unethical," Kirkland said. "Hunters by and large know baiting laws. If they turkey hunt, they do.".

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