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Hunter blames wife for illegal deer he shot

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A Michigan hunter caught shooting an illegal deer at first denied doing so, but then confessed and put the blame on his wife for his actions.

"The honest-to-God truth is that my wife wants deer meat and if I come home without any she'll get really mad at me," the hunter told Conservation Officer Josiah Killingbeck, according to the Cadillac (Michigan) News.

A tip that a hunter was over-baiting in Lake County in Lake Township near Baldwin started the investigation, the Cadillac News related. Then the tipster called in to say he witnessed the hunter shoot a spike horn buck, doing so in a county with antler point restrictions.

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In some regions of Michigan, bucks must have three or four points on one side. Bucks without branching antlers are called spikehorn, spiked bucks or spike horn bucks. The buck in question was illegal.

The hunter denied shooting any deer, but Killingbeck persisted, pointing out the drag marks leading away from the bait pile. When Killingbeck told the hunter a witness saw him do it, he finally confessed to shooting the spike horn knowing it was illegal and not tagging it.

Then he laid blame on his wife. The deer, found hidden behind a house, was seized by the Department of Natural Resources and "enforcement action was taken."

Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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