A Manitowoc father and son, charged with deer poaching at a wildlife sanctuary in the township of Centerville, are expected to make their initial appearances in Manitowoc County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
“We’ve seen an uptick in the last six or seven years of illegal hunting and illegal shooting on and around my property,” said John Husband, co-owner with his wife’s family of a 170-acre private wildlife sanctuary called Windgather. The property is clearly labeled with “wildlife sanctuary” and “no hunting” signs, he said.
A bow hunter who reported the Nov. 1, 2012, incident said he witnessed a man shooting a rifle from a pickup truck and leaving without taking the deer he had hit on Husband’s property, according the criminal complaint. Two men allegedly returned for the deer after dark and then tried fleeing a Manitowoc County Sheriff’s deputy.
Francis J. Denault, 68, faces misdemeanor charges of hunting deer without a license and hunting deer during closed season. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and six months in jail.
Francis G. Denault, 50, faces misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and being party to hunting deer during closed season. The weapon charge carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and nine months in jail; the hunting charge carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and six months in jail.
Poaching can give all hunters a bad name, said Husband, who praised the bow hunter who contacted authorities.
“I think this is an example of an ethical hunter doing the right thing by reporting what he had seen,” said Department of Natural Resources conservation warden Robert Stroess. More....