Three hunters charged with multiple duck hunting violations entered guilty pleas in Loudon County General Sessions Court on Wednesday.
Stephen Giles, 50, and Justin Thompson, 30, both of Loudon, and Dalton Giles, 23, of Philadelphia, faced charges of Hunting In a Baited Area, Violation of the Daily Bag Limit of Redhead Ducks (12 over limit), Violation of Gross Limit of Waterfowl (5 over limit), Use of Lead Shot, Hunting Without Proper Waterfowl License, and Violation of Federal Duck Stamp, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
All three men were ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $5,140. The three also lost hunting privileges for a year and forfeited three shotguns.
Wildlife Officers Anthony Chitwood, Kip Kite, Sgt. David Sexton and Lt. Andy Collins cited the men on Jan. 26. They were hunting a farm pond baited with corn in the Loudon County area of Highway 72 and Watkins Road, TWRA said in a news release.