Judge Slams Poacher with Jail Time and Huge Fine

It seems like a lot of poachers get off easy, but that was not the case for a 22 year old Michigan man. An Allegan County judge threw the book at Colton Anderson.  He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, fined $30,000 and had his hunting privileges revoked for 7 years.

According to WZZM Channel 13, the investigation started when a conservation officer received information about a deer killed illegally in Barry County. The officer went to Anderson’s home and found multiple sets of deer antlers hanging in the garage with tags from 2015 attached to them.  The officer seized antlers from an 11-point, 5-point, 7-point, and five 8-points.

The tags attached to them belong to people who did not live at the home. When the DNR contacted the individuals who purchased the 2015 licenses, all said they were unaware that Anderson had using them.

To make matters worse Anderson’s privileges had already been revoked back  in 2014. When he was convicted of killing a deer with a rifle in Allegan County.

Hopefully the jail time and fine will make him think twice before stealing from the people of Michigan.