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Michigan man blames wife for poached deer

Michigan whitetail deer

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There’s a lot of things you can blame on your wife, but poaching a deer isn’t one of them. A Michigan hunter was recently charged with illegally killing a whitetail deer—a spike horn buck—in Lake County. Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) officers investigated the man after receiving a tip that a hunter “was over-baiting in Lake County in Lake Township near Baldwin,” the Cadillac News reports.

Conservation Officer Josiah Killingbeck located the hunter in question; however, when asked about the poached deer, the hunter decided to try an unusual tactic: blaming his wife. According to the Cadillac News, the hunter told Killingbeck, “The honest-to-God truth is that my wife wants deer meat and if I come home without any she’ll get really mad at me.”

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Yet, the investigation uncovered an overly-abundant bait site, blood and drag marks in fresh snow, indicating that the hunter had shot the spike horn over the bait pile and moved it to another location. Additionally, Lake County has specific antler point restrictions, requiring bucks to have three or four points on one side to make them legal—the spike horn didn’t have branching antlers, which made it illegal.

Skeptical of the hunter’s reasoning behind the buck kill, Killingbeck visited the man’s house, finding the spike horn behind it. “Enforcement action was taken,” according to the Cadillac News.

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Ben_4
Bendrix B. - posted 1 week ago on 01-12-2019 06:11:31 am
Rochester, MA
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Folks who think its ok to make up the rules to suit their wishes will always find a way to justify their falfeasance. Fine them hard and lock them up. Only the heavy hammer of punishment keeps naturally dishonest people in line.

Todd_Barton
Todd B. - posted 1 week ago on 01-09-2019 12:44:42 pm
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Ahhh good old Lake County, MI....

Mark A. - posted 1 week ago on 01-09-2019 11:14:36 am
Lake Villa IL
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LMAO.. It does take away from the " you were at the bar the whole time" argument. I don't agree with baiting or any violation of game laws. But I'm grinning as I type.

Erik S. - posted 1 week ago on 01-09-2019 10:08:15 am
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I dont want to make a light of a situation where a deer was poached, but I LOL'ed hard.

Eric Hardester_10154334241172157
Eric H. - posted 1 week ago on 01-09-2019 07:40:29 am
Gilbert, AZ
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Bet his wife is gonna be more mad about the fine than if he had come home empty handed. But he would have gotten fined anyway for "over-baiting".