PEORIA — Five men have been indicted by a federal grand jury after running afoul of migratory bird hunting laws.

Rick A. Hamm, 57, of Chillicothe, Trent Gustafson, 34, of Chillicothe, Zachary Entwistle, 25, of Morris, James Schupp, 53, of Bradford and J. Weston Schupp, 30, of Bradford all face charges of conspiring with each other to violate the Lacey Act and allowing the unlawful sale of wildlife. Those two charges are both felonies that carry a five-year maximum prison term. They also are charged with misdemeanor counts of taking wildlife over bait and using an electronic calling device to lure geese or ducks in for the kill. Hamm alone faces a misdemeanor charge of placement of bait.

The men are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley on May 3 at the U.S. District Courthouse in Peoria. A trial date hasn't been set.

The two main legal statutes are the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both of which set limits and rules regarding the hunting of migratory waterfowl. Among the birds covered by these acts are snow geese, Ross' geese, white-fronted geese and mallard ducks. Violating the Lacey Act entails the "knowing" sale or purchase of fish or wildlife that are protected by federal laws.

The 14-page indictment states that Hamm, as the owner and operator of Show Me Your Snows, would schedule guided hunting trips around central Illinois. On Dec. 17 and 18, 2015, two undercover agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posed as hunters on an excursion in Fulton County. The agents were led to a harvested cornfield near the Illinois River where Hamm allegedly spread a bale of corn stalks around the hunting blind. An electronic caller was used to lure birds into the area.

The indictment states the men knew that using bait and an electronic caller wasn't legal. It also alleges the agents were allowed to transport untagged geese they had killed away from the area.

In all, the indictment alleges the conspiracy lasted from 2015 until "at least through 2017."