Poaching Bill Shoots Out of Senate

A bill that stiffens the penalties for poachers killing trophy deer passed today out of the Michigan Senate.

Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) would base the restitution value of a poached trophy buck on a formula based off of the Boone & Crockett scoring system. The basic concept is this: the bigger the trophy, the stiffer the penalty.

SB 171 is the reintroduction of a similar bill that passed the Senate late last year, but did not have enough time to make it through the House before the legislature adjourned in December 2012.

The concept of this bill was developed through MUCC’s member policy process and was passed at MUCC’s annual convention in 2009.

For more on this bill, click here.

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  • Colin

    As usual, much too little, and just late. What we need, is to increase the penalties for any type of poaching.
    I’m sure many hunters and small business owners don’t much care whether its a B&C class buck or a young doe when it comes to the “theft” of game or fish. These scoundrels are stealing from all of us. The damage they do by removing game available for the sportspeople who do it right, hurts more than just “Trophy” hunters., it hurts whole communities.
    The penalties and fines need to be equal with those that someone who walks into a store with a loaded gun and robs it would receive.
    Only then will we see this sort of activity start to diminish.