- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal jury in Sacramento has found a Northern California man guilty of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by baiting a field for hunting purposes.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1SO5k61) 46-year-old William Louis Filter, of Live Oak, was found guilty Tuesday of unlawful baiting and unlawful taking of a migratory bird by aid of bait.

Federal authorities say that on Sept. 1, 2015, the opening day of mourning dove season, Filter went to the baited field with three hunting buddies and they shot and killed 34 mourning doves.

Mourning doves are a migratory game bird. Although it is legal to hunt mourning doves during the appropriate hunting season, it is unlawful to hunt them using bait.

Filter is scheduled to be sentenced June 6.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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