By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynew.net

WICHITA -- It's taken 14 months, but eight hunters have been charged in U.S. District Court in Wichita with violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

The charges stem from a 2013 opening weekend hunt in Graham County on Sept. 1 and 2. Word of the arrests in 2013 spread quickly in the Hill City area.

The eight, one of whom is from Texas, are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Humphreys at 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

The eight charges are:

* Daniel R. Dinkel, 63, Hill City, charged with one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves.

* Kent A. Webber, 52, Derby, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves, and one count of taking an owl.

* Evan Webber, 25, Derby, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves, and one count of taking an owl.

* George Morgan, 52, Gordonville, Texas, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves.

Kenneth R. Beran, 67, Derby, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves.

* Clark Law, 57, Hill City, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves.

* Tracy D. Higgins, 54, El Dorado, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves, and one count of taking an owl.

* John Kobler, 62, Topeka, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves.

The federal criminal complaint alleges the men violated federal law protecting migratory birds as they participated in an annual opening weekend dove hunt.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act covers both mourning doves and owls, which are a non-game species.

In Kansas, the daily bag limit for doves is 15. The posssession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

If convicted, the defendants face up to six months in prison on each count and a fine up to $15,000. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated.