Beaufort County Man Charged With Illegally Killing Swans

A Beaufort County man is facing charges for killing more than a dozen swans in neighboring Hyde County.

NC Wildlife Master Officer Robert Wayne says Steven Price had a license to bag one Tundra Swan, but shot 14. He was arrested Wednesday.

Price is charged with exceeding the seasonal bag limit of a migratory waterfowl by 13, failure to tag migratory waterfowl at site of kill, and possession of unlawfully taken game.

Wayne says Price was hunting on private land, south of Pungo Lake in the western part of the county.

Wayne says the replacement cost is $1078 per bird. If convicted, Price could be fined $14,014 for the 13 illegal killed birds. He could also lose his hunting license for one year for the class 2 misdemeanor.

Price lives in the Pamlico Beach area with a Belhaven address listed on the citation.

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  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    I bet somehow those pigs from Angry Birds are behind all of this.
  • by wahoowilly Location: new bern on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Swans normally have no fear of humans. The WRC allows a small number to be harvested each year, not to control the population, but to instill fear of humans. Swans are, in fact, quite tasty, when prepared correctly. One guy makes a dynamite swan salad. I've used his recipe, and it's a killer. This Price guy deserves to have the book thrown at him. Game hogs are thieves. I hate a thief.
  • by Roy Location: washington on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    it may be steven kyle price. i may be wrong.
  • by Kathy on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    I've lived in this area most of my life and come from a family of hunters and married a hunter but for the life of me, I have NEVER heard of anybody eating swan. Ducks and geese yes, rarely, but never swan.
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      by clint on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to Kathy
      You're right. Swan is not very good at all. Coot is better. Tried one once and I won't ever shoot another unless I plan to mount it. This guy just got trigger happy and he will pay the price. If they charge him federal it could cost him a bunch more than the 14G noted in the story. I'll bet he doesn't do that again.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to clint
        Stuffing and mounting animals is pointless destruction. You shouldn't hunt anything you're not going to eat.
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          by clint on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:27 PM in reply to
          I'm a very good cook and don't waste game. Nothing at all wrong with taking a bird for a mount. You can't very well mount birds and eat em too. Deer you can. I spend money to do the hunt and the taxidermist makes some $$ to spend as well. Then I get to enjoy memories of the hunt for years to come. Habitat and conservation of these birds is paid for almost exclusively through hunting licenses and associated fees. Guns ammo etc. have special fees and taxes that go toward conservation as well. If you don't participate you really have no dog in the fight. Not pointless at all...
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          by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:21 PM in reply to
          Clint, everyone on the planet has a "dog in the fight" as you so ineloquently put it. It's not about money spent on licenses/fees. It is a complete and pointless waste to not eat what you hunt. If you don't want the meat, FEED SOMEONE THAT IS HUNGRY. Selfish.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:37 AM in reply to
          Drop em & walk over them to the next kill. Its just an animal.
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      by Pungo on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:54 AM in reply to Kathy
      U must be a imported yankee if u do not eat Swan. It is good if u fix it right. Just like pork chops u got to cook it right Imports cannot cook food noway.U have to buy it already cooked. AND U ARE NOT A SPORTSMAN UNLESS U EAT WHAT U KILL
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        by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:01 AM in reply to Pungo
        I hope you were being funny and not idiotic. If not please learn to form correct sentences and learn how to spell. thank you.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM in reply to
          Who's the idiot if you couldn't understand their post? It wasn't that hard to read.
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          by pungo on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM in reply to
          U must of understood what I said to comment back. I was not writing a letter just giving my opinion.
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        by Kathy on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to Pungo
        Oops wrong again,born and raised in Washington, NC. Proud southern girl who won't just eat anything. And, BTW, I'm a great cook!
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          by pungo on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM in reply to Kathy
          If U cannot cook SWAN I would hate to see anything U cook.
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        by Really? on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:24 AM in reply to Pungo
        Please pull your lower lip over your head and swallow.
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          by stupid?? on Dec 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to Really?
          In response to Really? and Kathy.... You should be asking youself that question. I think you just need to stop while your ahead...oh wait minute....your already behind.
  • by jimmy Location: washington on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    bag limits should be raised, the numbers of them our clearly hurting the farmers crops. you can bag 25 snow geese, but only allowed one swan with a permit. Just another way for our government to pocket more money.
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      by H2O Fowl on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to jimmy
      Jimmy it's likely because the amount of Snow Geese vastly outnumber the amount of migrating Swan. Plus a Snow Goose is the most wary and unpredictable waterfowl there is. It's actually very difficult to get a bag limit of Snow Geese on any day. On the other hand, Tundra Swan will practically set down in your lap with no fear, making it extremely easy to blast this species into extinction. This probably explains the difference in the protective laws regarding both species. Good point, though.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to H2O Fowl
        So which is it? A good point, or a wrong one? I mean you gave the correct explanation about why the bag limit is different and then say "good point"? It wasn't a good point. That's why Jimmy needed an explanation offered. You were right with everything else right up to that end statement.
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          by H20 Fowl on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to
          Good point that the government is pocketing the money. For example, having to pay a "replacement fee" when some animals are illegally taken. Maybe I should have been more clear on that. Sorry Mr internet policeman.
  • by 40some on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:06 PM
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    Saw swans dying by the dozen at Lake Mattamuskeet in like 1978 due to ingesting lead shotgun pellets from their feeding habits. It was quite sad to see so many dying from lead shot in their systems.
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      by obamanot on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:47 PM in reply to
      Maybe we should all throw rice in the water now or sling shot a few alqa zeltser in the air.To many of these things around.Bad as gang members.
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        by Common Sense on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to obamanot
        Thanks. You clearly associate profound ignorance with the name "Obamanot." Hopefully your ridiculous posts will reflect poorly on all the Obama haters here.
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          by obamanot on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to Common Sense
  • by Doug Location: Pamlico Sound on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    This is exactly what I predicted when they allowed windmills to be built to produce electricity.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 03:23 AM in reply to Doug
      Did you have difficulty understanding the story?
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      by Malcom on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to Doug
      Are we talking about the proposed hydro-electri-solar-wind farm??
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      by 18? on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Doug
      You really need to be at least 18 years old to comments.
  • by awesome Location: Bath on Dec 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Sounds like he had a good start to a great hunt! Keep up the good work Price!
  • by good guy on Dec 27, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    We need offer like Robert Wayne working DRUGS he would clean it up. Robert needs to run for SHERIFF in HYDE COUNTY next year.Good job Robert.
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