Michigan Man Charged With Poaching Nine Bucks Faces $60,000 Fine
By angelamontana

Posted: November 23, 2021

Michigan recently hit the headlines after Justin Ernst of Decatur was charged with charges of deer poaching. It doesn’t look very good for this guy.

Michigan’s DNR reports that Justin Ernst, 33, of Decatur, Michigan, faces up to $59,500 in reimbursement to the state if convicted of the more than a dozen violations he was charged with stemming from an investigation of deer poaching.

Ernst was arraigned Nov. 9, in 7th District Court resulting from a tip from Michigan police, according to a DNR report.

Michigan police were probing a domestic violence complaint involving Ernst on Oct. 17, when several dead deer were seen in a barn that Ernst frequents, according to the DNR. Police contacted DNR, who sent officers to the scene to investigate.

DNR Conservation officers Matt Page and Tyler Cole searched the barn and seized eight bucks—five 10-pointers and three eight-pointers.

Read the full article by Bob McNally with Outdoor Life here.

Photo credit: Michigan DNR photo