VA: DEA agent accused of running a foul of duck hunting laws
DEA agent accused of running a foul of duck hunting laws
December 01, 2010
ABINGDON, Va. - An hour into opening day of duck hunting season, a
Bristol-based federal agent was charged with two misdemeanor hunting crimes
in Washington County, Va.
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Brian C. Snedeker, 43, of
Bristol, Va., was charged on Federal Road, between Mendota and the Scott
County line, with hunting ducks in a baited area and exceeding the daily
limit of ducks.
According to court documents, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries charged Snedeker at 8 a.m. Oct. 7, opening day of the duck hunting
season. Shooting hours, according to the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl
handbook, begin a half-hour before sunrise, and the sun rose on Oct. 7 at
By the time Snedeker was charged at 8 a.m., he had three more ducks than
allowed by daily bag limits, his summons notes. This year, the daily bag
limit was raised to six ducks a day, from five last year, according to the
Exceeding the bag limit is grouped in the Virginia Code with hunting
ducks during a closed season. It is a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up
to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
His other charge, baiting ducks, violates both federal and state law.
Snedeker was charged in just state court.
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