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Michigan Man Sentenced To 45 Days In Jail, $2,000 Fine For Hunting Turkey Out Of Season

A man in Michigan faced jail time, was hit with a fine and lost his hunting privileges for six years for shooting a wild turkey out of season, state Department of Natural Resources say.

According to a recent report released by the state DNR, a Grand Traverse County District Court judge sentenced the unidentified man to 45 days in county prison, fined him $2,000 in charges and revoked his hunting privileges until 2020.

The charges are for $1,000 in fines and costs and $1,000 for reimbursement for the turkey.

This is in line with the mandatory penalties posted online, which include “$200 to $1,000 fine and 5 to 90 days in jail, restitution of $1,500 for bear, $1,000 for deer/turkey, plus revocation of hunting licenses for remainder of year convicted, plus next three consecutive years.”

Michigan turkey hunting season started from Sept. 14 through Nov. 14.

According to, other reports covering West Michigan from the Indiana state line to Leelanau County, Mich., include:

-- CO Brian Lebel responded to a complaint of a subject shooting deer with a rifle from a motor vehicle and when contacted fled on foot. Sheriff Deputies responded and were able to locate the suspect. Enforcement action was taken along with seizure of the firearm.

-- CO Troy VanGelderen received a complaint of three subjects running through yards shooting at geese on Silver Lake. CO VanGelderen responded to the area and found that the subjects were gone. CO VanGelderen continued to patrol the area and located a vehicle on the other side of town matching the description of the shooters. CO VanGelderen interviewed the subjects, who admitted to being dropped off by grandpa to shoot the geese. The subjects thought that all the residences on the lake were unoccupied. Safety zone and trespass issues were addressed.

-- CO Chris Holmes conducted deer processor inspections and found that two individuals had killed deer before purchasing licenses. CO Holmes interviewed the subjects and found they had not only killed deer illegally, but had also purchased multiple combination and archery tags in the past. Tickets for the illegal deer were issued and an investigation into multiple license purchases continues.

-- CO Jeff Robinette received a RAP complaint of a subject shooting a deer with a firearm prior to November 15th. CO Robinette investigated and located a gunshot six point buck hanging in the suspect’s back yard. The subject did not have any type of hunting license. The subject was issued a ticket for illegal possession of whitetail deer.


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