A bill to raise the amount of restitution paid for poached trophy bucks was reported unanimously from the House Natural Resources committee on Tuesday, October 29th, but not without a major overhaul in how the restitution fines will be calculated.
Originally, Senate Bill 171 (Sen. Phil Pavlov, R – St. Clair) was designed to calculate the restitution fine paid on a poached trophy buck based on the Boone & Crockett scoring system. Basically, the higher the B&C score, the higher the fine.
While most legislators and stakeholders agreed with the overall concept, a number of concerns were raised by the DNR, Governor’s office, and committee members about the system being too complicated. In light of these concerns, a number of changes were proposed that were adopted by the committee.
Under the new format of SB 171, the general concept – bigger the buck, bigger the penalty – stays intact. The restitution for illegally shooting a deer will depend on whether or not the deer has antlers, and the value will get progressively larger based on the number of points.
The progressive penalty system breaks down as follows: More....