The feds now openly concede their own calculations: They hoped the Foiles case would send a message.

"Obviously we're going to try to target the bigger players that are illegally commercializing wildlife," says Tim Santel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "But we're not trying to go after the big names just because of who they are. We go after them for what they're doing. We're targeting illegal commercial wildfowl hunting. Not commercial wildfowl hunting."

Prosecutors clearly weren't pleased with Foiles' post about the case. Still, Fanning averred to Riverfront Times in early September that his client had every right to weigh in publicly on the plea. His sponsors and vendors, such as Realtree and the mammoth outdoor retailer Cabela's, were severing ties with him.

"I think his statement just made the government look bad," he said. "And they didn't like it."

The import of Foiles' guilty plea was not lost on Chuck Delaney. He is the organizer of Game Fair, the nation's biggest outdoors expo held annually in Anoka, Minnesota. He had scheduled Foiles to give seminars there in mid-August.

In the past Foiles always drew a crowd. However, Delaney canceled him for 2011.

"We try to keep our image as clean as we can," Delaney says, "and I just decided it wouldn't be proper to promote him."

Foiles was furious.

"I have praised Game Fair across the USA for years," he fumed in an e-mail to Delaney, "and I get canceled without a call??" He asked supporters to communicate their displeasure to the organizer. Dozens did. But Delaney held firm.

Those who know Foiles agree that he's fiercely loyal and demands loyalty in return. Says Denny Marschuetz: "Foiles is the kinda guy that, if he knew you, and saw you fall in river, he's going to try to get you out. But there's another side to him that's not that way. He holds grudges and stays angry and carries resentments."

In August 2011 Foiles ordered employees to cut off all contact with "Big Sean" Hammock.

Hammock, who worked for Foiles from 2005 to 2009, says the feds leaned on him for months to rat out his former boss, but he resisted. He even relocated to Minnesota.

Early one morning two agents showed up at his doorstep. They gave Hammock one final chance to avoid indictment. So Hammock relented and answered their questions, securing immunity.

That might have been bad enough, but to Foiles, Hammock had gone to the dark side: He launched his own company, Big Sean's Championship Calls.

In a September court filing, Foiles accuses Hammock of throwing him under the bus to steal his customer and sponsor lists. (Hammock denies doing this). Foiles wasn't about to turn the other cheek.

In 2010 Hammock discovered something odd: Someone had already purchased the domain name "Bigseancalls.com" — and that site rerouted customers to Foiles' website. When Hammock mailed his former boss a cease-and-desist letter, Foiles responded with a text: "Game on!"

Foiles put on notice any staffers who were still "buddy-buddy" with Hammock.

"He is not anything but an enemy...," he e-mailed. "So I'm not dealing with that crap lightly any more. It shows complete disrespect for the company that you are staffing for!!!"

But while the fallout from the criminal case against Foiles destroyed many friendships, no one in his inner circle suffered more than 40-year-old Travis Wood.

Wood had been a "pro staffer," or Foiles Migrators representative, in Utah. And after Foiles' indictment, yet another YouTube video surfaced. This one apparently featured Wood floating a fourth shell. (It too is nowhere to be found online.) Linking Wood to his employer, online commenters chastised him without mercy.

On January 23, 2011, Travis Wood committed suicide. Foiles quickly set up a way to donate to Wood's widow and young daughter, but not before venting some fury on his website:

"To all the axemurdering pieces of sh*t on the other forums who bashed and brought nothing but stress/slander daily to Travis in the recent weeks...hope you all burn."

Foiles wrote more the next day. "[Travis] was having a really hard time with the fact people would take the time of their lives to destroy him!! Believe me I know what that pressure is!! I'm getting it 10 fold!! So yeah I understand his pain!!

"Did any of you think of how it feels when your family reads all this crap on the internet over a bird???"


At Foiles' sentencing in Springfield on September 21, U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore asks the hunter whether he wishes to make a statement. Traditionally, this is when defendants offer an apology.

Foiles declines.

"Your Honor," he says to a nearly empty courtroom, "I don't wanna say anything, to be honest. I don't want to say something wrong, or be criticized for anything I say."

The judge announces he will approve the plea deal. He further decides to place a muzzle on Foiles: The offender cannot make "disparaging comments to or about" anyone involved in this case.

"I'm a hunter too," Cudmore says. "Been a hunter all my life. Hunting is a privilege, not a right. And you have abused that privilege to a great degree."

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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 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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

Berger
Berger like.author.displayName 1 Like

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.

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.

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.

I Eat Ducks
I Eat Ducks

God doesn't believe in Atheists, either.

Lander1
Lander1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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.

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.

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 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

 
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