Calverton, NY - December 28, 2016 - ECOs conducted a multi-day investigation into illegal hunting activities on DEC-owned land in the Otis Pike Preserve along the Peconic River in Calverton. On Dec. 10, two ECOs approached hunters on foot with two additional ECOs approaching by kayak. The ECOs observed two hunters in front of a baited duck blind. Their licensed guide was observed hunting upstream of the blind but in an area where the birds' flight patterns would have been influenced by the illegally placed bait.
ECOs then determined that the guide service, Waterfowlers Edge, based in Ridge, had illegally posted DEC-owned property as the service's leased land. In total, ECOs issued 10 violations to the men; three violations for duck hunting over a baited area; two violations for unauthorized posting of property; two violations for erecting a structure on state land; and single violations for operating an unregistered vessel, insufficient personal floatation devices, and failure to carry a hunting license.
Each violation carries a potential penalty of up to $250. The three individuals are due to answer to the charges in First District Court in Central Islip on Feb. 15. Individuals who observe illegal environmental activities on Long Island are encouraged to call DEC's Division of Law Enforcement at (631) 444-0250 on weekdays during business hours and the ECO Hotline (1-844-DEC-ECOS) at all other times. For more information on DEC programs and regulations, please visit DEC's website.