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3 Macomb Men Fined a Total of $19,500 for Illegally Hunting Ducks, Geese

March 22, 2021, 8:00 AM

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Yes, hunters -- wildlife laws are enforced.

Three Harrison Township were fined $6,500 each for illegally hunting ducks and geese in Chesterfield Township last December.

Richard Schaller, 52, Robert Kucinski, 49, and Timothy Morris, 58, pleaded guilty to a total of 13 misdemeanors last Thursday in 42nd District Court in New Baltimore.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in a press release that the men shot in excess the number of water fowl allowed by law. They also illegally baited a pond by filling it with corn to lure the ducks and geese. Baiting waterfowl is federally prohibited and unlawful in Michigan.

"Waterfowl are a precious resource to Michiganders and the other 13 states that share and protect this resource within the Mississippi Flyway Zone," Lt. Todd Szyska, DNR Law Enforcement supervisor in Detroit, said in a statement.

Specifically, authorities charged the suburban Detroiters with:

  • Taking/possessing an over-limit of mallards
  • Taking/possessing an over-limit of hen mallards
  • Taking/hunting waterfowl over a baited area
  • Taking/hunting waterfowl over a baited area

In total, the men killed 39 waterfowl, including: 23 Canada geese (14 over limit) and 16 mallards (four over the limit). 

One hunter illegally placed a 50-pound bag of corn in the pond a few days earlier because he wanted his hunting party to "have a good hunt," the state agency said.

Each man had to forfeit the firearms used. They're also banned from hunting waterfowl until next March. 

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