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Deer hunters fined $3,500

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Two Americans have been fined a total of $3,500 for illegal deer hunting.

Michael Kautz, of Hiles, Wis., and Jeffery Kautz of Embarrass, Wis. both pleaded guilty and were convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for unlawfully hunting and killing a white-tailed deer during the closed season.

They were fined $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, with an additional fine of $500 each for making false statements to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.

Court heard that back on Nov. 6, conservation officers contacted the men at a tourist camp north of Kenora.

The men told officers that Kautz’s harvested deer came from Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 6.

But upon investigation, officers determined the deer, in fact, was harvested near Stewart Lake Road in WMU 5, which has no open season for white-tailed deer hunting for non-residents of Canada.

Conservation officers seized the deer and donated the meat to charity.

Kautz’s firearm also was seized and will be returned once his fines are paid.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case Feb. 9 in Kenora.

The ministry reminds hunters that WMUs are regulated to help manage a number of wildlife populations.

Hunters are responsible for knowing which WMU they are hunting in, and to obey the rules for that WMU.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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