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Man illegally shoots deer during youth hunt


 

A man who allegedly shot deer while being a mentor during the youth hunt has pled guilty. It is the first case of a violation meeting the new enhanced sentencing guidelines for poaching that became law in Michigan earlier this year.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, conservation officers responded to a complaint phoned in to the Report All Poaching (RAP) Line on September 21, involving an adult suspect who allegedly killed two trophy white-tailed deer in Montcalm County during the 2014 Youth Hunt, while acting as a mentor to an 8-year-old hunter.

After receiving the information from the RAP Line dispatcher, three DNR conservation officers (Sgt. John Jurcich, Officer Cary Foster and Officer Dave Rodgers) began an investigation in Lowell and Grand Rapids attempting to locate Jacob Powers, 25, of Lowell, and the two deer. They located Powers at approximately 3 a.m. at his workplace. Officers obtained a confession to the incident and returned to his residence, where they were assisted by the Lowell City Police in recovering evidence to complete their investigation. Officers seized two large antlered heads, meat and a shotgun used to take the animals.

It was determined Powers had taken both deer himself that morning in Bushnell Township, Montcalm County, while accompanying an 8-year-old youth on his first hunt. Powers illegally tagged one deer with the Mentored Youth Tag issued to the young hunter and procured a second license tag from a 6-year-old female family member prior to transporting the animals. Officers established Powers had captured trail camera images of the deer prior to the hunt and knew trophy deer were present in the hunt area. Officers concluded their investigation by issuing an appearance ticket with a court date and left the home.

Five days later, a conservation officer discovered two hides and evidence of deer processing that had been dumped in a parking lot at the Lowell State Game Area, in Ionia County. Having not recovered these items on the night of the original investigation, the officer returned to meet with Powers and obtain a confession to the littering on state lands, leading to an additional charge.

Powers was arraigned October 3, on the charge of taking two white-tailed deer during the closed season before a magistrate of the 64B District Court at Stanton, in Montcalm County. At arraignment, Powers entered a plea of guilty to the charge and was sentenced. He was assessed $335 in fines and costs, $12,000 in restitution for payment to the state’s Fish and Game Protection Fund, and five days mandatory minimum jail time to be served as community service. In addition, Powers now faces up to five years of hunting license revocations in Michigan and 41 other states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Powers has yet to appear on charges in Ionia County for littering.

“The tougher poaching penalties were developed last year and approved by the Legislature and governor, and represent the first major changes to poaching laws in our state since 1990,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “Concerned hunting organizations and conservation officers have noticed an increased interest and demand for large antlered deer, which are frequently targeted by poachers who trespass, hunt at night and without a license. This is the first case prosecuted under the new law to enhance penalties and represents a great case of our officers and the local justice system working together to bring justice to individuals targeting trophy animals.”
Recent changes to penalties increased fines in this case by $10,000 and added two years of additional license revocations. Under the new law, antlered deer are assessed an additional $1,000 in restitution plus the standard $1,000 for illegally killing any deer. Deer with eight points but not more than 10 are $500 a point, while deer with 11 points or more are assessed a penalty of $750 per point.
“Ethical hunters, wildlife viewers and our officers are hopeful that increased penalties will cause potential violators to rethink the temptation of poaching a trophy deer while providing additional protection for this valuable wildlife resource,” Hagler said.
For more information on the laws and regulations for hunting and fishing in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

 

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Youth hunt


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Chloe Petersen, 13, the daughter of Brian and Amy Petersen, of Gowen, went hunting in Lakeview with her Grandpa, Richard Jones, for the youth hunt. They were in a blind, and it didn’t take long before she saw her first buck. She was a little nervous, however, and was worried she wouldn’t make the shot so let him pass.

“After I calmed down, and let myself know that I shouldn’t be worried, another buck came out in front of the blind. I looked into the scope of the gun, aimed, and then shot. The 8-point buck fell straight back without running. At that time, I realized being scared was worthless. My joy was about to blast out of me,” said Chloe.

She added that there was 14 inches between its horns.

Congratulations, Chloe, on a successful youth hunt!

 

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Girl gets first deer


Breanna Duncan and her first deer.

Breanna Duncan and her first deer.

Breanna Duncan, 9, the daughter of Sara Duncan and Keith Coalter, shot her first deer during youth hunt, on Saturday, September 21. Breanna shot the deer just north of Cedar Springs, while using her new Savage 243 youth rifle. Congratulations, Breanna!

 

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Youth hunt – Wiles


Meredith Wiles, 12, and big brother Luke, 16, both had success during September’s youth hunt weekend. Meredith brought home her first buck ever, a 7-point. And Luke got his biggest buck so far, a 9-point that field-dressed 200 pounds. Meredith and Luke are the children of John and Barb Wiles, of Solon Township. “Both kids are very good marksmen and love to hunt,” explained John.
Congratulations to Luke and Meredith!

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Youth hunt – John J. Todd


John J. Todd, 11, the son of John and Pam Todd, shot a nice 8-point buck on the youth hunt weekend in September. This was his first buck. John is a 6th grader at Red Hawk Elementary. Congratulations, John!

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Youth Hunts


Alisa Bowyer

Alisa Bowyer, 13, shot this deer during the state’s annual youth hunt last weekend. She is the daughter of Phillip and Heather Butler, of Cedar Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Robinson

Brittney Robinson, a 10th grader at Cedar Springs High School, bagged this nice 8-point buck on Sunday night during the youth hunt.
Brittney is the daughter Trevor and Salli Robinson of Cedar Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zachery Kerr

Zachery Kerr, age 10, got a 5-point buck during youth hunt on Saturday morning, September 24, while shooting his grandma’s 44 magnum rifle. This buck stepped out at 50 yards, providing the perfect opportunity for the perfect shot. Zach is a serious hunter, as you can see from the picture. He is the son of John and Cherri Kerr, of Cedar Springs.

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Teen gets buck during youth hunt


OUT-Youth-Hunt-brandon-LutzBrandon Lutzke, 16 and a 10th grader at Cedar Springs High School, shot his first buck during Youth Hunt Season. He shot the 10-point buck just before 7 p.m. on the opening day of Youth Hunt. He has been hunting since 2006. In that year he shot a button buck and a doe. He is the son of Shelly Lutzke and Bill Sears, Sr.

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