Duck poachers face 3 years in prison & $25,000 fine


VANDALIA, IL (KPLR) – Illinois Conservation Police have arrested three men in connection with a March duck poaching incident at Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area near Vandalia.

The incident occurred in the pre-dawn hours of March 6, 2014. After more than a month of intense investigation enough evidence was gathered to apply for warrants last week. 35 year old Daniel Graves of Wood River, 17 year old Steven Dean of Granite City and 19 year old Bradley Peters of Bethalto were all arrested this past Friday.

The three men face felony charges for their alleged involvement in the illegal killing of more than 30 ducks out of season including northern pintail and mallard ducks.

Investigators tell Fox 2 they believe the three men snuck into the north wetlands of Carlyle Lake near the #2 parking area before sunrise March 6th. They hid in the grass along the levee until just before sunrise when they allegedly jumped from the grass and opened fire.

The Illinois state attorney`s office says the men could face up to three years in prison along with up to $25,000 in fines if found guilty. In addition, one of the men, Daniel Groves was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm when he is ineligible for a Firearm Owners Identification Card which is a class 4 felony.

All three men were arrested Friday and all three are out on bail awaiting a June 2nd court date.

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