Man convicted of taking deer

A former Vicksburg resident was recently convicted of taking deer and wild turkeys out of season.

A media release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stated Justin Neel was charged with eight misdemeanor counts related to the illegal taking of two deer and two turkeys.

During an investigation, DNR conservation officers found Neel had illegally killed a deer without a license during the 2012 Michigan firearm deer season. Neel was sentenced in Kalamazoo County and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the state’s Fish and Game Fund, as well as court fines and costs.

His hunting privileges were also suspended for three years.

A subsequent investigation found that Neel had killed two additional deer without licenses in 2012 and was also found to be in unlawful possession of two turkeys in 2010.

Neel, now a Galesburg resident, is due on Kalamazoo County court next month on charges related to the wild turkeys.

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