Area men plead guilty to federal migratory bird hunting violations

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

PEORIA — Three men, charged earlier this year with running afoul of migratory bird hunting laws, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor offense.

Trent Gustafson, 34, of Chillicothe, and James Schupp, 53, and J. Weston Schupp, 30, both of Bradford, all pleaded to using an electronic calling device on Dec. 17, 2015, to lure birds in for the kill. The other counts, conspiring with each other to violate the Lacey Act and allowing the unlawful sale of wildlife, were dropped. The men face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $15,000 when sentenced March 21, 2019. Until then, they remain free on bond.

Two others, Rick A. Hamm, 57, of Chillicothe and Zachary Entwistle, 25, of Morris, have cases pending. Entwistle is set to plead Wednesday. Hamm is set for a…

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