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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