Yet the matter wasn't quite over: Within a couple days the veterinarian mailed Marschuetz the bill. Foiles later apologized and paid it. But the friendship had disintegrated. Foiles ultimately bought out Marschuetz in April 2008.

"Financially it was fair," Marschuetz says of the split. "But emotionally it was devastating. This wasn't the same man I'd hunted with back in 1995."


By early 2008 Foiles had a hunch that the feds were sniffing around, which he confided to "Big Sean" Hammock, his jack-of-all-trades employee. Hammock had an inkling why. The 29-year-old now freely admits, "I did stuff with him I never should've done."

Jennifer Silverberg
Jeff Foiles revisiting his former duck club near Pleasant Hill, Illinois.
Jennifer Silverberg
Jeff Foiles revisiting his former duck club near Pleasant Hill, Illinois.

One day that May, Hammock was trimming weeds outside the shop in Pittsfield when he noticed a fifteen-vehicle fleet of black SUVs and green trucks approaching. Federal agents climbed out of the vehicles flaring badges. They immediately called him by name, telling him he was needed for questioning.

"They knew everything," Hammock says.

Foiles arrived in short order. The agents interviewed him, then left with business records and a hefty chunk of raw footage.

That evening Hammock drove down to Foiles' home in Pleasant Hill. "I was worried sick," he says. "Jeff was scared to death, he's crying, we're both looking at each other like, 'I don't know what to do.'"

Over the next two-and-a-half years, federal agents pressured Foiles' associates to roll on him. Foiles hired a private investigator to keep tabs on who was saying what to whom.

"Some of these [informants] didn't have ill intentions," says Ed Fanning, one of Foiles' three attorneys. "I think they were threatened. If you feel your freedom or your family is at risk, you're going to do what you feel is necessary."

However, he suggests: "Some people did have ulterior motives."

By 2009 Foiles had hatched a theory, later proffered by his lawyer in the divorce case. The hunter believed that his estranged wife, Andrea, had started the whole thing. She'd become romantically linked to Foiles' former employee in the field, Mark Carey. (After parting ways with Foiles, Carey launched his own bird-call company, Fowl Obsession.)

Federal prosecuters deny this version of events. Foiles' ex-wife, who has since remarried and is now Andrea Nicolay, did not respond to requests for an interview. Carey declined comment, saying only, "I wish the man the best."

On December 10, 2010, prosecutors in the Central District of Illinois slammed Foiles with a 25-page indictment. They charged him with conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and Federal False Writings statutes. In order to capture better footage for his videos, they alleged, Foiles routinely killed more birds than allowed by law and fibbed in his club records to hide it.

The total indictment against him: 23 felony counts.

On the same day he pleaded not guilty, January 27, the Canadian government accused Foiles of shooting over his limit on several occasions and committing two counts of "causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal."

The hunter posted a statement on his website: "Jeff Foiles, an American sportsman, respects the law." He added that he "appreciates the patience and understanding of friends, sponsors and supporters....Thanks again and PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!"


On June 23, 2011, Foiles logged into his website — and gloated. "After years and months of trying allegations," he typed, "I can finally say I feel vindicated."

Foiles and the government had at last struck a deal. Prosecutors would dismiss the indictment, and the hunter would plead guilty to far less — only two misdemeanors.

"If you're facing 23 felony counts, usually the government is not going to let you walk away without a felony conviction," said Foiles' attorney, Ed Fanning. "I don't think it panned out as big as they had hoped."

The sportsman didn't skate by any means: He agreed to pony up a $100,000 fine and serve thirteen months in prison. Upon his release, Foiles would be banned from hunting for two years. He would also be forced to record a public-service announcement, urging others to avoid his misbehavior.

In the plea, Foiles copped to shooting over his limit on three occasions — once by sixteen birds. He also admitted that on nine different dates in 2007, hunting parties at D&J Duck Club killed too many waterfowl. He was present for most of the incidents. Some were guided hunts that earned him a profit. But every single time, it was Foiles himself who cooked his books at the duck club to make everything appear kosher.

"I totally admit I did that," Foiles wrote in his June 23 statement. But he hastened to shed some light on the over-bagging.

"Ninety percent of the time it was a pure adrenaline rush," Foiles contended. Plus, dogs often find cripples at day's end, he pointed out. That will nudge a group's total harvest into illegality. "More than not," he concluded, it was "an honest mistake."

Prosecutors begged to differ. They argued in a September pleading that Foiles "was not merely an individual who got caught up in 'fast and furious' action and accidentally shot in excess of his daily limit." The raw video taken at the duck club from December 2007 proved that his law-breaking was at least partly calculated.

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myrainybaby
myrainybaby

@ This man disgusts me! He takes pleasure in killing & torturing animals anyone who does that something is seriously wrong with them mentally. Then I believe he purposely killed his friends dog. This man is cruel & evil!

Citoriplus
Citoriplus

Finally the truth comes out? In todays liberal media of deception created by unethical measures I feel that the facts have come through in the article. I feel for Jeff and completely understand how one is able to get the adrenaline rush and the greed that ensues. Gambling can be the same way. I am hoping that he will be able to follow through w/ his judicial orders and his life will once again be on to the waterfowl.

sistersista
sistersista

Sick Sick Sick...have you checked to see if any infants or toddlers are missing from their homes? too bad his kind cant get equal treatment.

Maloju
Maloju

I met this clown years ago at Game fair and instantly knew the guy was a total jerk. As previously mentioned hunting is not about commercialization and money and it is just simply killing the sport.

If Ducks Shot Back
If Ducks Shot Back

I can think of a number of ways to describe Jeff Foiles. Most of them involve the word "bag".

Berger
Berger

And the icing on the cake is the jackhole will tell you duck hunting is a SPORT. If the ducks volunteered to participate, if they were armed with rifles, binoculars, night gogles, audio magnifiers, camoflage to make them almost transparent, cover and shelter to wait for their unsuspecting prey, little instruments that made noise like human speech, and the willingness to sacrifice themselves for such a sport, then guess what, it might be a sport - albeit a sadistic one!

Ask the duckhunters you know just how much duck they eat. These jacko--- aren't participating in a sport OR hunting for food. They love to kill.

Lander1
Lander1

Well it just goes to show you what money and greed can do to a person. Foiles is just another piece of crap worthless man that let stuff go to his head. He should have been convicted of every charge for the maximum sentence. He obviously has some mental issues as well for treating wounded animals the way that he did. Anyone that buys his crap after this should have their heads examined as well.

Danieljoeoconnor
Danieljoeoconnor

excellent story and great pictures. that foiles isa despicable piece of crap. if i had been present when he was torturing those wounded ducks i'd probably shot him with my crossbow. whata a brutal evil lowlife piece of human fecal waste garbage.

KITTY
KITTY

There's a hunter named Jeff FoliesWhose ass is all covered with boilsThey didn't hurt, he didn't scowlHe just kept on killing beautiful waterfowl.

the truth will set you free.
the truth will set you free.

"If you're facing 23 felony counts, usually the government is not going to let you walk away without a felony conviction," said Foiles' attorney, Ed Fanning. Obviously this was a he said/she said case where Foiles clearly won. The real disappointment is how the Feds handled the case and all of the MONEY THE FEDS SPENT on the case. I'm sure it was well over the fine that Foiles had to pay.

Marschuetz may not have been the perfect partner either. I'm sure he was reluctant to comment on his own business faults. Props to Foiles for taking the high road and not bashing those who bashed him. "Criticizing others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves."

There are two sides to every story.Before you write your comment on here, reread the section about Travis Wood and how internet bashing turned out for him. http://www.stopcyberbullying.o...

Don't believe everything that you read in a newspaper. Bigfoot & aliens have not been spotted either...

MichiganHunter
MichiganHunter

The term,'' Rock Star'' is grossly misused in this headline. After what Foiles has been documented as having done, he can hardly be classified as a Rock Star. In my opinion he got what amounts to a slap on the wrist. He gives a black eye to the 99.9% of the rest of the hunters who do abide by legal & ethical standards. He should have had his hunting privileges revoked for life!

Rocky
Rocky

Rock Star? A better desdciprion is just another sadistic asss who loves to kill animals. Typical - just can't kill enough. And yea, I bet he had that shitt-eating grin on his face everytime he took a life. He probably laughed out loud if it was terribly injured or spitting blood all over, or trying to survive while injured. Rock star? Give us a break. You couldn't print on the cover of RT what he really is.

MOutdoorsman
MOutdoorsman

As a Missouri hunter, fisherman, and conservationist I’m very upset with Jeff. I’m pissed at the feds as well for how easy they went on him. He should have gotten jail time and a much bigger fine. Jeff’s limit violations and his unethical methods are atrocious, but he and those like him have done far more damage to hunters than they know.

Hunting, fishing, and outdoor life are under political and cultural attack in this country and as we become more urbanized there are more people that look at Jeff’s bloodlust, his canned hunts, and lack of ethics and would paint all hunters and outdoorsman with the same brush. Hunting, fishing, and human conservation efforts have enemies in this country and Jeff and others like him unwittingly provide these groups with ammunition. I speak of course of those that would rather sterilize deer than hunt them or advocate against maintaining hunting habitat on the grounds that it is not ecologically friendly. These are just examples of some of the uneducated and uninformed interest groups among many many others that threaten our ability to hunt and fish or would regulate it to a point where it becomes practically impossible.

Hunters in the U.S. have been blessed with a tremendous bounty of fish and wildlife, a bounty that was unthinkable to our ancestors arriving from other places where hunting and fishing was reserved for only the highest strata of society. As the largest segment of the population using these resources, it falls on us, not others, to be the most responsible population conserving it and ensuring that it still exists for future generations to use in a similar fashion. There are those that would close down all human interaction with parts of our environment, except of course for those with the correct “attitude”, and bring back the good old days when nature and its resources were reserved for a special elite to enjoy.

Jeff Foiles is not a hunter and does not represent the 99.9% of other hunters and outdoorsmen that are ethical. He is a sadistic, thoughtless, glutton with a hunting license that forgot the resource he was harvesting belongs to all of us and in so doing has done a great disservice to the hunting community. I’ve seen this kind of behavior in the field and I make it my business to call people out on it. If you enjoy hunting and fishing in this country please do the same.

MOutdoorsman
MOutdoorsman

As a Missouri hunter, fisherman, and conservationist I’m very upset with Jeff. I’m pissed at the feds as well for how easy they went on him. He should have gotten jail time and a much bigger fine. Jeff’s limit violations and his unethical methods are atrocious, but he and those like him have done far more damage to hunters than they know.

Hunting, fishing, and outdoor life are under political and cultural attack in this country and as we become more urbanized there are more people that look at Jeff’s bloodlust, his canned hunts, and lack of ethics and would paint all hunters and outdoorsman with the same brush. Hunting, fishing, and human conservation efforts have enemies in this country and Jeff and others like him unwittingly provide these groups with ammunition. I speak of course of those that would rather sterilize deer than hunt them or advocate against maintaining hunting habitat on the grounds that it is not ecologically friendly. These are just examples of some of the uneducated and uninformed interest groups among many many others that threaten our ability to hunt and fish or would regulate it to a point where it becomes practically impossible.

Hunters in the U.S. have been blessed with a tremendous bounty of fish and wildlife, a bounty that was unthinkable to our ancestors arriving from other places where hunting and fishing was reserved for only the highest strata of society. As the largest segment of the population using these resources, it falls on us, not others, to be the most responsible population conserving it and ensuring that it still exists for future generations to use in a similar fashion. There are those that would close down all human interaction with parts of our environment, except of course for those with the correct “attitude”, and bring back the good old days when nature and its resources were reserved for a special elite to enjoy.

Jeff Foiles is not a hunter and does not represent the 99.9% of us that hunt ethically. He is a sadistic, thoughtless, glutton with a license that forgot the resource he was harvesting belongs to all of us and in so doing has done a great disservice to the hunting community. I’ve seen this kind of behavior in the field and I make it my business to call people out on it. If you enjoy hunting and fishing in this country please do the same.

Cody Williams
Cody Williams

I have to say that as a committed waterfowl hunter, Foiles represents most of the ways things can go wrong in hunting. Commercialization and money are not what hunting is about. Clearly hunting became about inflating his own ego instead of paying respect to the game and the hunt. It also results in a public image black eye for the 99 percent of waterfowl hunters who hunt ethically and respect. Hopefully this will all give Foiles a chance to return to what's important in hunting.

Lilponder68
Lilponder68

Me and my family eat every duck or animal I kill. They were put on this earth by the lord for a reason. Acts 10, 10-13.

Tphillipsstl
Tphillipsstl

that's a pretty ignorant characterization of hunters. Have you ever had a rational conversation with a hunter or ever been on a hunt to see what really happens? That's about as reasonable as me saying all musicians are sex-crazed drug addicts because i saw the Doors movie.

Andy C
Andy C

Rock star a la Ozzy Ozbourn. I'm willing to bet most of his kill ended up in some roadside ditch or trash can instead of in the freezer. Think about it - if you limit out in two days you are at your possession limit - 12 ducks. If you hunt full time you have to eat a lot of mallards, pintails, and shovelers to stay legal. He would have to eat duck for every meal and then some. Absolutley no respect for the game, the sport, and certainly none for the other waterfowl hunters. This kind of bad behavior not only makes the majority of hunters who are ethical sportsmen look bad, it spreads like cancer, can only wonder what kind of influence he had on the others. Consequently I will second the motion that he got off way too lightly.

Oakmossy
Oakmossy

What exactly are you implying? That anyone who kills animals is sadistic and similar to Jeff Foiles? You're wrong. Jeff Foiles is an aberation and an exception not the rule in the hunting community. If you can't tell from the comments to this article the vast majority of hunters and fishers are appalled at the behavior revealed in this article. There's nothing wrong with taking life and it must be done, to plants and animals, by every living organism on the planet to survive. His taking pleasure in hunting is not the problem but rather his deep psychological issues causing him to inflict unwarranted suffering and torture on the animals he harvests.

Sportsman
Sportsman

MOoutdoorsman - well said. While the author of this piece certainly knows his audience and wrote with the intent to rile his fellow liberals, you have very eloquently made the points many of us outdoorsmen and conservationists wanted to make.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason

It's good that you eat what you kill. It's bad that you think a fairy tale gives you the right.

If Ducks Shot Back
If Ducks Shot Back

"the intent to rile his fellow liberals"

Oh really? It's all politics with you, huh. How about "the intent to rile his fellow . . . human beings", because if you aren't riled by the accurate depictions of torture, not to mention blatantly illegal activity which tarnishes the reputation of all hunters . . . then you probably are lacking a good portion of what makes humanity "good".

I Eat Ducks
I Eat Ducks

God doesn't believe in Atheists, either.

 
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