The fall season in Wisconsin brings with it a number of different holidays and events. One specifically that many look forward to is hunting season. But as in all states, Wisconsin hunters have to follow state and federal laws that dictate when they can hunt, where they can hunt and what can be hunted.
One hunting expedition resulted in charges of federal crimes for one man. According to the article, undercover agents purchased illegal bear tags from the man who then brought them on a bear hunt. The man who has been formally charged has been accused of similar crimes in the past.
In the past, the man has been charged with different wildlife violations, including failing to properly tag a killed deer and killing a bear under another hunter's name. In 2010, the man lost his hunting license for three years as a result of the violations.
Federal agents believed that the man continued to kill wildlife in several different states, even though his license had been revoked. The most recent charges were the result of several years of investigation.
Apparently back in 2009, the man had the encounter with the undercover agents. Then just last month, agents allege that the man led them on another illegal bear hunt. Now the man is facing two charges of poaching under both federal and state law.
As with any criminal charge, the penalties can be severe if a conviction follows. In this man's case, a conviction on both counts could land him in prison for up to 10 years. Not only that, but he could be fined a total of $40,000.
Source: WSAU News Talk: "Hunter indicted for poaching," Oct. 17, 2011