Deer hunting season is wrapping up in much of the state, but one organization has another large mammal on its mind.
Officials with Michigan United Conservation Clubs said they are working on a resolution that would increase fines for elk poaching.
DNR officials say Michigan’s state elk population is around 900, that compares to millions of whitetail deer. Currently, elk poaching carries up to $2,500 in fines.
Drew YoungeDyke is the Field Manager for the MUCC.
He said a law passed last year, increased fines for trophy deer poaching.
The MUCC would like to see the penalties expanded to include poaching of elk and other species.
“And the reason for that is now that we see that the trophy buck poaching fine worked, we realized that that can be a deterrent for poaching other species as well,” YoungeDyke said, “And hunters and anglers and trappers have always been at the forefront of leading the charge against poaching.”
YoungeDyke said MUCC is still working out details of its proposal.
“In order for us to pass a policy that would change a law or regulation- it needs a two-thirds vote of our voting delegates who represent all the different conservation clubs in the state. And assuming it passes that then we’ll be working with the legislature to enact this into law,” YoungeDyke said.
He said the club will hold its first vote on the resolution in February. Audiofile.