THUNDER BAY, ON - February 24, 2010 - Two Americans have been fined a total of $3,500 for illegal deer hunting. Michael Kautz of Hiles, Wisconsin, and Jeffery Kautz of Embarrass, Wisconsin, both pleaded guilty and were convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for unlawfully hunting and killing a white-tailed deer during the closed season. They were fined $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, with an additional fine of $500 each for making false statements to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.
Court heard that on November 6, 2009, conservation officers contacted the men at a tourist camp north of Kenora. The men told officers that Kautz’s harvested deer came from Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 6. Upon investigation, officers determined that the deer was in fact harvested near Stewart Lake Road in WMU 5, which has no open season for white-tailed deer hunting for non-residents of Canada. Conservation officers seized the deer and donated the meat to charity. Kautz’s firearm was also seized and will be returned once his fines are paid.
Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on February 9, 2010.
The ministry reminds hunters that WMUs are regulated to help manage a number of wildlife populations. Hunters are responsible for knowing which WMU they are hunting in and obey the rules for that WMU.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).