Canyon County

Parma man sentenced in duck baiting case

Duck hunters head out to public lands, like out around Lake Lowell to snag ducks.
Duck hunters head out to public lands, like out around Lake Lowell to snag ducks.

A Parma man will have to pay a $40,000 fine and spend 15 days in jail for illegally baiting migratory birds on his property, according press release from the District of Idaho’s United States Attorney’s office.

Gregory Obendorf, 61, of Parma was found guilty of telling his combine operators to spread corn kernels across his corn field to leave piles of bait for ducks. After that Obendorf would flood his own fields and let hunters use the area to shoot at ducks. This happened between 2007 and January 2014, according to the release.

One of the pieces of evidence was a recorded interview between Idaho Fish and Game and Obendorf, in which he bragged about have more than 200,000 ducks in his field during the 2013 hunting season.

Obendorf asked for a lenient sentence, in part because he let Idaho Fish and Game officials to take young people to hunt on his property until he was convicted in May 2016 of conspiracy to bait migratory birds and placing bait for migratory birds, according to the release.

In addition to the jail time and fine, Obendorf will be required to serve three years probation, have his hunting and fishing privileges revoked and is sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service. The baiting was found to have disrupted the migration pattern of ducks and negatively impacted other hunters who were using public lands like Lake Lowell and the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area, according to the release.