Michigan DNR investigating Midland County turkey poaching; reward offered for information

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JEROME TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for information related to a turkey poaching investigation in Midland County.

According to the DNR, five turkey carcasses were found April 28 on Castor Road near Huckleberry Road in Jerome Township. The breast meat had been removed from the discarded carcasses.

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The DNR and the North Central Chapter of the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association are offering rewards for information that leads to a conviction.

“We welcome any tips that citizens can provide,” said Lt. Jeremy Payne, District 6 supervisor for the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “It’s important that we team up to guard against the abuse of our shared natural resources.”

During the Michigan spring turkey hunt, licensed hunters are limited to one bearded turkey.

Violators could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, as well as court costs and reimbursement to the state of $1,000 per turkey.

Anyone with information about the poaching is asked to report it to the Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800. Illegal taking of fish or game and damages to Michigan natural resources can also be reported.

Callers may remain anonymous, but must give their name to receive the reward. 

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