Man fined thousands for poaching in Oscoda County.

Joseph Dykes pleaded guilty to hunting violation charges.

OSCODA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A man was fined almost $15,000 for hunting violations after an investigation the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Joseph Dykes, 33 of Burton, was sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple poaching-related charges.

A three-year investigation found Dykes had been illegally hunting in Oscoda County between 2014 to 2016.

Dykes pleaded guilty to unlawfully using a hunting license, baiting and taking deer without a license over a three-year period.

He was fined $14,220, sentenced to 45 days in jail or community service and had his hunting license privileges revoked for five years. $12,000 of the fine is restitution to the state for the deer that were taken.

Lt. Brandon Kieft from the DNR said this kind of behavior has no place in Michigan

"This case should send a clear message that those who abuse our shared natural resources will be held accountable," Kieft said.

Richard Dykes, Joseph's father, and Charles Dykes, Joseph's uncle, also each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully using a hunting license.

Richard and Charles were each fined $450 and placed on probation for six months.

DNR officers said during the investigation they found Joseph had also poached deer in Montana.

The DNR gave the information to authorities in Montana, and Joseph pleaded guilty after being charged there.

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