August 24, 2015


According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Michael Walz pleaded guilty last month to two counts of “transporting illegally taken big game” and two counts of using another person’s big game hunting license to bag extra deer.

Walz admitted to carrying several licenses, including those belonging to his father, his friend, and daughter, and that none of the people whose licenses he said he was holding were with him when he illegally killed several deer.
Both Walz and his wife admitted to using borrowed tags to “pass the deer off as legally killed animals.”

Walz had been facing a $3,000 fine and a year in jail, but the sentence was stayed in favor of probation, 80 hours of community service, and his having to write a public apology in Minnesota Outdoor News. He is also banned from entering the national refuge and the state forest where he hunted illegally.

His Minnesota big game hunting privileges have been revoked for three years, and that suspension could affect his ability to hunt in dozens of other states – Minnesota is part of a pact with 45 other states that makes some suspensions valid across borders.


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