WHITEHALL, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Tips from area sportsmen leads to the conviction of a Galesville man for illegally killing nearly two dozen deer.
DNR Conservation Warden Chris Shea said that the tips were crucial to the conviction of 33-year-old Mark Kamrowski. The case against him uncovered evidence that Kamrowski killed at least 22 deer during a three year period. Shea said, "this case is an example of how the local citizens can partner with local conservation wardens in protecting the resources for current and future generations to enjoy."
"We had several individuals who provided tips regarding Mr. Kamrowski's hunting activities that involved an illegal gravity feeder, hunting during the closed season and a few more," Shea said. "Without their information, we never would have been able to stop this illegal hunting."
According to Shea, the deer were killed on a farm between Galesville and Arcadia. Kamrowski was already was serving a three-year revocation of his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for a previous illegal deer hunting conviction in Trempealeau County Court in 2010. The revocation period was from January 2010 to January 2013.
Based on the evidence gathered by Shea and other wardens, Kamrowski was found guilty on August 6 of three misdemeanors: hunting deer without a license, hunting deer during closed season and possessing deer during closed season.
Seven other charges were dismissed but read into the record as part of the plea agreement.
For his sentence, Kamrowski lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for nine years. Kamrowski was also ordered to: pay $6,847.75 in fines, court costs and restitution; serve a 9-year hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revocation; serve two years of probation; and, complete 80 hours of community service with 10 days of jail time -- stayed if community service is completed in one year.
Kamrowski also forfeited a trail camera and two white tailed deer racks.
"This case shows how valuable citizen assistance is to wardens when it comes to cases of violations against our shared natural resources," Shea said. "The natural resources belong to all the citizens and all the citizens can help in the protection of them."
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