4 plead guilty to poaching ducks in Ottawa Co.

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Four men have admitted to poaching ducks in Ottawa County earlier this year.

Justin Allen Beckman, 20, of Coopersville; Tyler John Meerman, 24, of Conklin; Colson Thomas Modderman, 22, of Wyoming; and Michael Duane Sorenson III, 20, of Marne on Tuesday pleaded guilty to hunting ducks over bait.

justin beckman, tyler meerman, colson modderman, michael sorenson
Left to right: Justin Beckman, Tyler Meerman, Colson Modderman and Michael Sorenson. (Undated courtesy photo)

All four have given up their licenses for the end of the year plus three additional years. They must also give up the firearms used during the incident.

They were also fined $500 for each of the 58 ducks that were poached. However, the court reduced the fine to $20,000, meaning each will pay $5,000.

The four men will also be on probation for 18 months.

Nearly 60 ducks were poached in Ottawa County's Chester Township. (Courtesy Michigan DNR/Oct. 14, 2016)
Nearly 60 ducks were poached in Ottawa County’s Chester Township. (Courtesy Michigan DNR/Oct. 14, 2016)

The ducks were killed on Oct. 9 on a marshy agricultural pond near the Grand River watershed in Ottawa County’s Chester Township.

Hunters are allowed to shoot a maximum of six ducks — two hens and four mallards — but because bait was used, all of the ducks were illegally killed.