Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to 3 Counts of Michigan Hunting and Licensing Violations

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Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Lansing, MI -(AmmoLand.com)- A Cooper Township man with a history of running afoul of Michigan conservation law was in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County Wednesday morning to plead guilty to three counts related to hunting and licensing violations.

Craig Michael Laws, 29, initially was charged with seven misdemeanor counts relating to:

  • Purchasing hunting licenses while under revocation.
  • Possessing a deer while ineligible to secure a license.
  • Possessing an untagged deer.
  • Failing to validate a kill tag.

The original hunting license revocation stems from a 2013 Kalamazoo County conviction in which Laws killed and possessed a deer without a valid Michigan hunting license.

Under the current plea agreement, Laws entered a guilty plea to three misdemeanor violations, one count each of:

  • Possessing a deer while ineligible to secure a license.
  • Possessing a deer without a license attached.
  • Obtaining a license when ineligible.

Laws was ordered to pay $250 in court fines and reimbursement in the amount of $2,000, which will be deposited into the state of Michigan’s Game and Fish Protection Fund. Laws also will be ineligible to purchase a hunting license in Michigan for five years.

In October 2015, Michigan conservation officers who cover Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties received information that Laws unlawfully had taken a five-point buck. That information prompted the officers to execute a search warrant on Laws’ residence.

During the search, officers discovered evidence of illegal hunting and unauthorized license purchases. The search also showed Laws was in illegal possession of marijuana, resulting in the Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Task Force being called to the residence. In May 2016, Laws pled guilty to the delivery and manufacture of marijuana – charges requested by Michigan State Police.

“I want to recognize the dedication and hard work of all the officers involved in closing this case,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “Those individuals who blatantly disregard our state’s conservation laws do a great disservice to the hundreds of thousands of responsible, ethical Michigan sportsmen and women who have sincere passion and regard for wildlife.”

“I also want to commend the person who made the decision to provide a tip that Mr. Laws had poached a deer,” Hagler said. “These kinds of calls play a tremendous role in our officers’ ability to protect Michigan’s natural resources.”

Violations of Michigan’s hunting laws can be reported by calling the Report All Poaching Hotline at 1-800-292-7800 or completing an online form. Learn more about the Report All Poaching program on the DNR website.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

Learn more about Michigan conservation officers at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

About the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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2War Abn Vet
2War Abn Vet
5 years ago

Courtesy of Jeff Foxworthy …

“If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.”

marc disabled vet
marc disabled vet
5 years ago
Reply to  2War Abn Vet

He wasn’t Trying to Feed His Family .
If he was I say no-harm , no-foul .
I’ll do what ever it takes to make sure my
family is fed and protected .

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 years ago

, But Craig Michael Laws was not trying to feed his family. Craig Michael Laws was a manufacturer and distributer of marijuana. CML might not even have a family.

marc disabled vet
marc disabled vet
5 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Like I wrote IF but as the story says he was not
So we are I believe in agreement .( not a good guy ).