John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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If you do the crime, you do the time…
From the Associated Press:
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who fatally shot a protected bald eagle while he was barred from having a gun or a hunting license has been sentenced to a year in prison.
A federal judge in Bangor on Monday also sentenced 51-year-old Stephen Voisine to two years of probation and ordered him to undergo mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Authorities started investigating after getting an anonymous tip in November 2009 and finding the bird near a logging road in Kingman in eastern Maine.
Voisine told investigators he thought the eagle was a large hawk.
The Bangor Daily News reports that Voisine’s lawyer asked that his client be spared prison time because of mental health and medical conditions.
Voisine was barred from possessing guns or a hunting license because of prior convictions.