Deer season is something many Michigan residents look forward to. Hunting is an enjoyable hobby for many. From the thrill of the hunt itself, to spending time in Michigan’s beautiful, remote wilderness, hunting allows people to get away from their daily lives and go off the grid for a while.
There are many rules and regulations to be followed when preparing for a hunting or fishing trip, or when on the trip itself. Hunters and fishermen must carry a valid license. Hunting or capturing animals without a license, with a prohibited weapon, or while in violation of state or federal law, is poaching. Both poaching and hunting without a valid license are illegal and carry more serious consequences than many residents may realize.
Michigan man receives major penalties for hunting violations
For example, a Michigan resident recently received 18 months to 5 years in prison, a $25,000 fine and a lifetime hunting ban for poaching 9 bucks and obtaining a hunting license while he was ineligible. He was also charged and convicted of possession of a firearm.
The man was accused of driving through fields and shooting deer at night. The illegally poached bucks were found when police were investigating a domestic violence complaint at the man’s residence and officers saw the bucks in a nearby barn. The man had a prior conviction for illegally taking or possessing a whitetail deer.
You have rights that need protecting
Hunting laws and regulations can be complex, and it can be hard to remember them all or be certain that you are adhering to each one. Although this case is an extreme example, it illustrates the importance of having a clear understanding of and obeying these laws.
Hunters may believe that a ticket or charge for violating a hunting law is a minor violation, but cases like this demonstrate that this is not true. You could pay a hefty fine, lose your hunting privileges for life or even lose your freedom if you are accused of a hunting violation.
If you find yourself in this type of situation, there are attorneys with knowledge and experience defending hunting and fishing violations who can help you fight the charge.