Owosso Man Charged With Deer, Turkey Poaching

A 51-year-old Michigan man faces charges related to poaching deer and turkey.

The Shiawassee County sheriff's office says Brian Birchmeier was arraigned Friday on 125 misdemeanor counts.

Birchmeier of Owosso Township is charged with 115 counts of taking or possessing deer over the legal limit and seven counts of taking turkey without a permit. He also is charged with illegal baiting.

A state conservation officer found a number of antlers and illegal bait piles earlier this month at Birchmeier's home.

More than 170 antlers, as well as shoulder mounts, crossbows and turkey beards were seized.

Birchmeier could face more than $120,000 in reimbursement payments and up to 90 days in jail.

The Associated Press could not reach Birchmeier Friday for comment.

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