I have to admit that I’d never heard of American Jeff Foiles before his recent introduction to the Canadian justice system. I now know that Foiles has a series of bird hunting videos called Fallin’ Skies [above] celebrating the sport of game bird hunting. Just like the Motor City Madman, Foiles likes to document his hunts with little regard for legal niceties. As winnipegfreepress.com reports, the hunter violated the Canadian Migratory Bird and various criminal codes as they apply to the practice of waterfowl hunting . . .
Environment Canada laid 10 charges against Jeff Foiles in January under the Migratory Birds Act and the Criminal Code. Foiles, who makes commercial videos of his hunting trips, pleaded guilty Wednesday to six of the charges in an Edmonton court.
The charges included shooting more than his daily limit of ducks and geese during hunting trips in Alberta between 2004 and 2007. He was also accused of failing to immediately retrieve migratory game birds he had shot and failing to immediately kill birds he had wounded.
Foiles included wounded ducks in film sequences in which he wrenched their heads around and made quacking noises, plugged off their breathing and asked them “ Is this how you want to die?” Sprinkled with a little waterfowl face-slapping and duck call whacking. It was a Moe Howard moment with no sense of comedy.
The cameraman is heard urging Foiles to kill the duck in a tone that suggests he doesn’t think what is happening is funny. Foiles abuses the duck for more than four minutes before killing it.
Speaking of cartoon characters, Elmer Fudd was never this cold-blooded with Daffy, although he had many reasons to despise Daffy. Foiles just appears to have an abnormally cruel streak in him that he likes to document—even Perry Mason would lose this case.
Foiles faces US sentencing as well for his guilty pleas in Illinois to charges under US federal wildlife regulations. His duck hunting days may be curtailed for a while because he may get jail time for those charges.
The biggest problem with this guy and his video: his portrayal of bird hunters will gain a lot of traction from anti-hunting factions. Foiles will become a poster boy for all that’s wrong with the sport—despite the fact that he represents bird hunters even less accurately than Mr. Fudd.
A spokesman for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Association in Canada said, “Foiles gives ethical hunters a bad name.” Martin Sharren went on to say, “Unfortunately, people will look at this guy and say, ’that’s what hunters do’ “, closing with, “ I can’t reiterate enough that this has nothing to do with hunting.” “It is just out and out breaking the law”.
Foiles faces a Canadian sentencing on Oct.19 in Edmonton Alberta Canada, ironically right in the middle of duck hunting season. No word on whether Daffy Duck will make a victim’s statement, but this guy’s “ bird hunting videos” will do the trick in his absence.