Kansas hunting guide pleads guilty to violating hunting laws

July 25, 2017 - 11:18 pm

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas hunting guide was sentenced to five years on probation after admitting that he routinely violated state and federal laws while taking groups on hunting trips.

Federal prosecutors said Jerad Stroot, 26, of Colwich, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacy Act.

Stroot said while taking hunters on $300-a-day hunting trips, he baited ponds for waterfowl, helped hunters exceed their daily bag limits and didn't follow state and federal laws on processing, tagging or transporting birds.

Stroot may not hunt, trap or guide during the five years and must pay a $5,000 fine.

A co-defendant, Josh Hedges, 35, of Grenola, owner of Eagle Head Outfitters, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing July 31.

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