Pickford man sentenced for poaching felonies

Oct 15, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County poacher must pay fines and can never hunt again.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford pleaded guilty in September to seven poaching crimes following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Charges included three counts of illegal take, possession of wolves; three counts of illegal take, possession of bald eagles; and one count of illegal commercialization of a protected species-wolf.

Duncan was sentenced to pay $36,240 in fines; 90 days of jail time; 18 to 24 months of probation; forfeiture of all items and evidence seized by the DNR during the execution of search warrants, including firearms and snares; and a lifetime revocation of hunting rights in Michigan. He will also not be able to hunt in the 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.