Thirteen Wisconsin men face charges for their alleged involvement in a deer poaching ring.
After a two and a half year investigation, the Department of Natural Resources has issued 106 citations to men in Richland, Vernon, Sauk, Juneau, and Taylor counties.
Most of the violations involved hunting deer during the closed season, road hunting, and shooting deer at night.
DNR spokesperson Greg Matthews says the suspects stole an opportunity from honest hunters. "But again, besides robbing the public of a resource, shooting at night is very dangerous because one of the main things when it comes to hunting is to know your target and beyond. And often at night, you don't know what's beyond when you're shooting. So it's an unsafe practice and that's why it's illegal," says Matthews.
Each man faces up to more than $36,000 in fines, along with the prospect of losing their hunting privileges for up to 41 years.