Man charged after deer antlers seized from home

A 51-year-old Owosso-area man faces charges related to poaching deer and turkey.
AP Wire
Oct 20, 2012

 

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department said Brian Birchmeier was arraigned Friday on 125 misdemeanor counts. The Owosso Township man is charged with 115 counts of taking or possessing deer over the legal limit and seven counts of taking turkey without a permit. He also is charged with illegal baiting.

A state conservation officer found a number of antlers and illegal bait piles earlier this month at Birchmeier's home, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. More than 170 antlers, as well as shoulder mounts, crossbows and turkey beards were seized.

Birchmeier could face more than $120,000 in reimbursement payments and up to 90 days in jail.

Comments

Wingmaster

Poachers are no different than criminals that steal personal possessions from people. He should be treated as such and lose the right to purchase hunting licenses.

LessThanAmused

Uhhhh, it doesn't seem like hunting licenses have been a high priority for him in the past so losing the right to purchase them in the future is not exactly going to have a large impact on his lifestyle. I'm not real sure from the article what he's using weapon wise to snag all those deer, but maybe his ability to own weapons should be restricted? Oh oh, I hear the 2nd amendment folks knocking at my door :-) 170 deer is without a doubt more than one man can consume by himself so I'd assume he's selling his catches to other folks? At any rate I'd certainly be supportive of the articles suggestions for punishment, but somebody is going to have to keep an eye on him once he gets out of jail...I suspect he's not one to catch on too quickly.

Wingmaster

Your probably right about the license thing, don't think it was much of a priority other than using it for cover when in the field. He is a criminal so I see no problem restricting his right to own a weapon, I'm a strong second amendment defender and I see no problem there. He forfeited his rights when he used the weapons to commit the crime. Unfortunately, like most criminals, he will use an illegal weapon if he is hell bent on continuing to poach. He will be charged $ for each illegal deer he poached. Probably never pay that so attaching a jail time to each illegal deer poached would be more effective in keeping him out of the woods longer.

 

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