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Friday, 28 September 2012 11:01

Pavlov fights for outdoor integrity, Michigan sportsmen

(AREA) -- Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township introduced legislation Thursday to toughen penalties for illegally killing a protected animal or trophy buck in the state of Michigan. Pavlov commented that from St. Clair to Escanaba, poaching and quality deer management are serious concerns for property owners and sportsmen alike. The Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes says we must do more to deter violators who do not play by the rules.Senate Bills 1340 and 1341 would increase existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. The new measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states. Offenders would be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per deer, additional restitution based on antler size, possible misdemeanor fines and up to 90 days in jail. Offenders could also have their hunting privileges revoked for the remainder of the year convicted and three subsequent years. Fines would be deposited into the state's Game and Fish Protection Fund. The bills were referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee, where a hearing is expected in October.