By Paul A. Smith
The game pole hangs heavy with large-antlered bucks, evoking images of a large, highly successful deer camp of old.
Except that the photo was taken this fall. And the success is allegedly tainted with violations.
That's the story emerging from St. Martin Island, a 1,250-acre spot of land just 6 miles from Rock Island off Door County.
Michigan conservation wardens were on a routine boat patrol Nov. 19 when they encountered a deer camp on St. Martin, just north of the Wisconsin state line.
The photo below shows what they found, including over 30 bucks and about 10 antlerless deer. The problem is at least 11 deer were untagged, according to Debbie Munson Badini, public information officer with the Michigan DNR.
St. Martin is mostly private, but has about 50 public acres including a lighthouse. The Michigan gun deer season ran Nov. 15 to 30.
The St. Martin investigation is ongoing; 11 tickets have been issued for improper tagging. Other tickets may be forthcoming, said Munson Badini.
Every deer season produces a wide range of stories, some uplifting, some unsavory. Since this story is right next door and because the contributed photo below is so compelling, we thought we'd share it. Photo.