Man sentenced to 60 days in jail, loss of licenses for 12 years, for poaching up to 100 deer
As flurries fall, a white-tailed deer makes a late afternoon feeding foray into a snow-covered pasture in Richland County. Photo taken Dec. 28, 2012 by Paul A. Smith. Image by Paul A. Smith
The man who allegedly killed around 100 deer in 2011 has pleaded to the charge.
Nathan Blaha, 21, entered no contest pleas to three misdemeanor counts of illegal shining and one count of failure to attach a tag to a deer carcass.
"Vernon County Circuit Judge Michael Rosborough on November 26 sentenced Blaha to 60 days in jail on each count to run concurrently, to pay $9,616 in court penalties and to lose all hunting, fishing and trapping license privileges for 12 years," said Joanne Haas with the Bureau of Law Enforcement. "In Richland County, Blaha was sentenced on December 10 to an additional 120 days in jail for a total six-month jail sentence."
"This guy wasn’t hunting. He was poaching,” conservation warden Mike Nice said.
The department said that Blaha roamed the roads "shining and shooting" bucks and does.
“In my 23 years as a conservation warden, I have never seen another individual come close to that total,” Nice added.
According to District Attorney Harper, Wisconsin laws do not provide for lengthy periods of license revocation for hunting, fishing and trapping.
“Many, many other states have greater penalties,” Harper said.
The offenses reportedly happened in the holiday season between 2010 and 2011.
“The people who try to do the right thing – sound land and wildlife management, hunt with the principles of fair chase and respect for the resources – everyone is harmed by a situation like this,” said Nice.
Two other area males also were sentenced in the case. A third against a juvenile accomplice is pending.