The popular lake in northern Minnesota kept DNR Conservation Officer Shane Zavodnik, of the Virginia station, and Conservation Officer Candidate Coby Fontes busy during a 12-hour period earlier this month.
Separate poaching case in Illinois involves 23 deer, including the unlawful harvest of a 205-inch, 18-point buck.
Agencies concluded multi-year law enforcement investigation into the poaching and over-harvesting of hundreds of vulnerable spawning lake whitefish from the Menominee River.
Potential fines and civil damages from these cases could exceed $100,000.
Police investigating an October domestic violence complaint discovered nine poached bucks in a barn located in Decatur. Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers determined the illegal, trophy deer belonged to a previously convicted felon
Stanley Garbacz Jr., 68, of Caseville, and Bruce Warren, 53, of Pigeon, were arraigned in Huron County District Court recently for illegal possession of panfish, perch and walleye. Garbacz turned himself in to authorities the
Charged with numerous wildlife crimes, including illegally harvesting 18 gray wolves and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.
Illegal hunting activity involves elk, deer, turkeys and raptors.
SANTA FE, N.M. — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. The state Department of Game and Fish reported