Another MUCC Policy Resolution Leads to LegislationOctober 31st, 2012
At MUCC’s Annual Convention in 2010, MUCC members and delegates overwhelmingly passed a resolution asking for the organization to look at measures that would increase poaching fines for trophy white-tails.
Recently, the Michigan Senate introduced Senate Bills 1340 and 1341 sponsored by Senators Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) and Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). The introduced bills embody the MUCC resolution that was passed in 2010.
Under the proposed legislation, poachers who illegally take or possess an antlered white-tail deer that scores more than 100 inches on the Boone & Crockett scoring system will pay an additional restitution value that is calculated by a formula.
To summarize: the bigger the rack of the poached buck, the bigger the fine.
Many other states such as Pennsylvania and Texas have started to toughen up their poaching fines and penalties to prevent chronic poachers. Ohio also has gone to a scoring system similar to the Michigan legislation that bases the restitution fine paid on poached trophy white-tail to the size of the rack.
The bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and await further action.