A Michigan man will be paying a price for poaching, literally. Kurt Duncan of Pickford (Upper Penninsula) is accused of killing grey wolves, bald eagles, bobcats, deer, and turkeys. Not only will he have to pay $36,000 dollars in fines, and spend 90 days in jail, the 56-year-old man must also turn in all his guns, and is no longer allowed to hunt.

I cannot even believe this, not the the punishment, but the crime. How selfish do you have to be to do something like this? I can't help but wonder how many poachers escape the law?

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Believe it or not, I grew up hunting with my dad. I would go deer hunting with him, and pheasant hunting. There were a few seasons when we did not have a bird dog. Guess who's job that turned into? Yep, mine. I hated being the one that had to walk ahead to scare up the pheasants. I laugh about it now, but trust me - I was not laughing then.

According to ABC 12, Duncan was charged with over 100 violations, but ended up pleading guilty to seven charges. They are as follows,

  • Three counts of illegally taking wolves.
  • Three counts of illegally taking bald eagles.
  • One count of commercializing a protected species.

As we begin a new hunting season, I say good luck to all of you that actually respect the hunt. Also, if you bag that buck, and make some jerky, feel free to send some my way.

SEE MORE: Animals That Are on Michigan's Endangered Species List