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Manatee County Man Sentenced To Two Years Probation And Fined For Violation Of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

June 28, 2012

Tampa, FL - United States Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli sentenced Harris David Spicer (69, of Duette, Florida) today to two years of probation. The court also ordered Harris Spicer to pay a fine of $7,500.00.

Spicer was indicted on October 13, 2011 for a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. On May 8, 2012, after a two day trial, he was found guilty of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
According to evidence presented in court, in the fall of 2009, Spicer placed sorghum (otherwise known as milo) seeds around the area of the horse track on his property in Duette. Sorghum/milo seeds are traditionally used as a lure or attractant for certain types of birds. On October 4, 2009--the first day of the official dove season--Spicer hosted approximately two dozen hunters for a dove shoot around the horse track.

Spicer was previously convicted in Manatee County in 1993 for violating a Florida state law prohibiting the hunting of migratory birds over a baited field. Evidence at trial also revealed that ten years after that conviction, Spicer again unlawfully baited his property in October 2003 in preparation for his annual dove shoot.

This case was investigated by United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cherie L. Krigsman.









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