A poacher banned from hunting will now have to spend autumns out of the field.
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A Minnesota man who went on a 17-year poaching spree was sentenced in federal court for violating the Lacey Act, according to Star News.
In October of last year, William Robert Welsh of St. Cloud, 41, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of shooting and killing a deer in the closed area of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
He admitted to sawing off the deer’s antlers and transporting them to his home, leaving the rest of the carcass.
The sentence included barring him from hunting big game anywhere in the US for five years. Welsh is also banned from entering Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge for the same time span, and must forfeit his seized firearm and hunting equipment. He’s also being forced to forfeit trophy deer mounts and antlers from seven illegally taken deer.