A 70-year-old Duette man has been
found guilty of illegally baiting his property in order to hunt
migratory doves, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa.
Harris David Spicer faces up to 1 year in prison and a fine of
up to $100,000 after a federal magistrate found guilty of violating
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He had been indicted in October 2011.
"According to evidence presented at trial, sometime in
September or early October 2009, Spicer placed sorghum (otherwise
known as milo) seeds around the area of a horse track on his
property in Duette," a news releasestates.
"Sorghum/milo seeds are traditionally used as a lure or
attractant for certain types of birds. On Oct. 4, 2009, the first
day of the official dove season, Spicer hosted approximately two
dozen hunters for a dove shoot around the horse track.
trial evidence further revealed that Spicer had previously baited
his property, in October 2003, for the purpose of a dove shoot. At
that time, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers
advised him and his guests about the prohibitions against hunting
dove over a baited field."
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