A Sioux Falls man has been sentenced for unlawful taking of migratory birds and Lacey Act violations for an incident in Miner County last fall. 34-year-old Travis Vacek pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced this week by US Magistrate Judge John Simko to one year probation, more than 13-hundred dollars in restitution, and a 200-dollar fine. Vacek’s hunting privileges were also revoked for one year.
The charges stem from an incident where Vacek, along with a group of friends known as “Team Those Guys”, hunted on November 24th, 2012 in Miner County. Vacek illegally killed 18 geese using an electronic device. Vacek admitted he knew it was illegal to use the device while goose hunting during this time of the year. After killing the geese, they were transported from the field to various locations, in violation of federal law.
Two other men involved in the incident – 29-year-old Aaron Eich of Sioux Falls and 21-year-old Chris Paclik of Brookings – have pleaded guilty to the same charges that Vacek did. Eich illegally killed 65 geese and Paclik 54 geese, both using an electronic device and both admitting they knew it was illegal to use it. Both were released on bond pending sentencing. Eich is scheduled to be sentenced on September 5th and Paclik’s sentencing date is set for August 19th.