Michigan man banned from hunting for life after poaching 9 trophy bucks
by CHRIS YU | WWMT Staff
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Conservation Officers Tyler Cole, left, and Matt Page are seen in this October 2021 photo with the heads of eight deer poached by Justin Ernst. Two days later, officers found a ninth deer. (Photo: WWMT via Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (WWMT) — A Michigan man received prison time, a large fine and a lifetime ban from hunting in Michigan after he poached nine trophy bucks.


Justin Ernst, of Decatur, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of illegal taking/possessing of whitetail deer, one count of obtaining a hunting license when ineligible and one felony count for possession of a firearm, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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