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Duck Poachers Fined $4,600

SHELBURNE, N.S. -- March 4, 2011 -- Anson P. Atwood, age 47, and Richard T. Atwood, age 52, all from Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty on March 2, 2011, in Nova Scotia Provincial Court in Shelburne, for hunting migratory game birds within 400 metres of a place where bait was deposited. Gordon A. Atwood, age 58, elected trial and was found guilty of the same charge. 

Anson Atwood and Richard Atwood each received a $2,000 fine, and Gordon Atwood a $500 fine, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

Richard Atwood also received a $100 fine under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 for hunting waterfowl without a federal migratory game bird hunting permit. 

In addition to the fines, the three individuals received a one-year suspension of their migratory bird hunting privileges.

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