On Dec. 29, ECO Joshua Crain received multiple complaints about an individual posting guided waterfowl hunts on social media in the Yates County area. ECO Crain determined that this individual was not licensed to guide hunts in New York, and photos showed an over-the-limit take of waterfowl.
Over the next several days, ECO Crain compiled more evidence and attempted to locate the subject. On Jan. 1, ECO Crain located the individual guiding a group of five hunters on Seneca Lake in the town of Torrey. Because of the size of the hunting party, ECO Ron Gross responded to the area to assist.
The hunting party was approached by the ECOs and the officers conducted a compliance check. One hunter was charged with possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds while waterfowl hunting, and a second hunter was charged with hunting wildlife without a valid license and possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds while waterfowl hunting.
The guide, a resident of Elmira, was charged with two counts of guiding hunters without a guide's license and taking over the limit of redhead ducks. All of the tickets are returnable to the Town of Torrey Court.