Kansas Guide Admits to Hunting Violations

A Kansas hunting guide pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for routinely violating state and federal hunting laws while taking clients on $300-a-day hunting trips.

According to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall, 26-year-old Jerad Stroot of Colwich, an employee of Eagle Head Outfitters, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacy Act. In his plea, Stroot said his work included transporting hunters and their equipment to the field, directing hunters when to shoot, retrieving birds killed by hunters and keeping track of the number of birds killed by hunters and daily bag limits.

Stroot admitted:

  • Placing corn, wheat and soybeans around ponds as bait for waterfowl.
  • Helping hunters to exceed their daily bag limits by offering to say he shot some of the birds they shot.
  • Failing to tag, process and transport birds as required by state and federal law.

Stroot was sentenced to five years on probation during which he may not hunt, trap or guide and a $5,000 fine

Co-defendant, 35-year-old Josh Hedges from Grenola, owner of Eagle Head Outfitters, is set for a change of plea hearing July 31st.