DNR Makes Decision On Deer Head Case

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

A picturesque plot of land and aheadless ten-point buck are the talk of the town right now for mid-Michigan hunters.

"It's a real interesting story because it's really tugging on the heartstrings of a lot of hunters, especially a veteran on Veteran's Day, out hunting, harvesting a deer for his family," says local hunter and radio show host Duran Martinez.

On Sunday, Steed Scutt shot what he calls the "buck of a lifetime" on his friend's Okemos property.

It then walked a hundred yards and died on property Mark Wisniewski leases from Consumer's Energy. Wisniewski said the deer was therefore his, and made Scutt cut off the deer's head and give it to him.

Scutt says what's ensued since then has been "a rollercoaster."

"It has been ups and downs," he says.

Martinez hosts "AM Outdoors," a hunting radio show on 730 AM. He's one of countless hunters weighing in on the deer debacle.

"Never in my life have I heard anything so absurd, ever," he says.

So Saturday, he'll open the airwaves to hear more.

"We're going to have Steed Scutt on about the 'Deer Fiasco of 2007,'" Martinez laughs.

While hunters debated the ethics of this case, the DNR was busy investigating-- and Wednesday afternoon, they came to a decision: The deer belonged to Consumer's Energy. Scutt had been "recreationally trespassing."

Of course, Consumer's has no use for the deer, so the men came to a compromise: The deer, ten-point rack and all, now belongs to Scutt.

"I still want to write a letter to Mark Wisniewski apologizing, just to say I'm sorry for this whole thing happening," Scutt says.

It's an example Scutt hopes other hunters can learn from this hunting season.


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  • by Kim Location: Leslie on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:29 PM
    Maggs. Get over it. DEER KILL and INJURE people every year, running out in front of vehicles!MOST of these hunters, hunt toput food on there tables. And M, shut up! We get your point. And Steed, why apologize, you were the only good sport in this. Sorry Wisniewski, you were the bad one, shame on you. Good hunting to the rest of you :)
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 16, 2007 at 07:49 AM
    I just wanted to add that I think Steed owes Mark NO apologies whatsoever. He is obviously the bigger of the two men here though, so I give him much respect for thinking he should apologize. As for the anti-hunting people, you seriously need to get over it. All the people I know who hunt, hunt because they love venison and don't do it just for sport. Plus, the less deer out there for me to hit on my way to and from work, the better. Thanks hunters, and keep up the good work-I can't wait for the venison sausage from my buddy here (hopefully soon).
  • by CHAD Location: OKEMOS on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    PLEASE NOTE: STEED WAS GIVEN PERMISSION BY DENNIS FORSBERG TO HUNT ON THE FORSBERG OWNED PROPERTY IN OKEMOS. THE FORSBERG'S HAVE OWNED THIS PROPERTY FOR OVER 50 YEARS; PERSONALLY DUG A BEAUTIFUL NATURE POND ON IT OVER 20 YEARS AGO FOR WILD LIFE. THE FORSBERG'S HAVE HEARD STATEMENTS THAT SOME PEOPLE THINK "MARK" IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FORSBERG'S AND DENNIS HAS RECEIVED NEGATIVE REMARKS THAT HE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH TAKING AWAY THE HEAD FROM STEED. STEED IS OUR FRIEND AND DENNIS FELT VERY SAD THAT THIS HAPPENED TO HIM. WE DO NOT KNOW MARK PERSONALLY AND WE HOPE THAT MARK AND STEED CAN COME TO A "KIND" ENDING BETWEEN THEM. DENNIS LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND NATURE ALSO; IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR LIFE.
  • by Grant Location: Durand on Nov 15, 2007 at 09:07 PM
    Maggs, you don't know your butt from a hole in the ground. Are you a vegatarian ? do you feel sorry for the chicken, cow or pig you eat ? I would rather harvest and consume an animal that I know hasn't been shot up with steroids and god knows what versus what is purchased in the grocery store. I can only imagine how those animals are "processed" for the grocery store shelf or your Big Mac. Hunting is not just "killing" the animal and leaving it to rot, it is intented to put food on the table. There are countless more things that hunting does than "kill" but that is not the point of what took place. Wisniewski was jeolous of Scutt's success and maybe Scutt didn't go about getting permission the right way to access the other property, who knows. Wisniewski had probably seen that deer and had his hopes up that he would be the one to take it and when he didn't, he had to be a poor sport about it.
  • by LISA Location: CHARLOTTE on Nov 15, 2007 at 01:21 PM
    IM SO GLAD HE GOT HIS DEER RACK BACK BUT IT SAD WHAT THAT MAN HAS DONE HE COULD HAVE GOTTON A HEAD MOUNT WITH THAT BUT NOW THAT THE JERK WINKOWSKI MADE HIM CUT IT OFF THAT CAN NOT HAPPEN AND ALSO YOU DONT OWE WINKOWSKI NO APOLGY HE STARTED THIS F MESS AND HE SHOULD BE FINED THE DNR NEED TO FINE WINKOWSKI FOR HIS ACTIONS PAY UP OTHER MI PEOPLE HAVE TOO YOU ARE SO LOW THE LOWEST
  • by rose Location: williamston on Nov 15, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    Steed Scutt is a man of intergity; bow hunting is a skill and a moment in his life that should have been one to respect turned into a mess (as all deer hunters I know respect deer and the outdoors). I have noticed no one has yet mentioned that Mark Wisniewski lied about the land. The deer fell 100 feet off of the land Steed had permission to be hunting on and this land was not being leased by Mark as he had threatened Steed with. Also, Mark had to have been watching Steed bow hunting to so quickly be out there to take the deer away. Steed has no reason to apologize; but, shows great character as a man, to be the person to step up and say "sorry about this mess". Mark should do the same and say he is sorry to Steed, sorry to the DNR, and sorry to Consumers Power for false representation.
  • by M Location: East Lansing on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    STAY on your OWN property - HUNT on your OWN property!!!! You do NOT have the right to trespass on someone elses property - it does not matter what the circumstances are!!!!!!!
  • by maggs Location: DeWitt on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    JB in Jackson - your quote "hunting is not hurting anything" - what about the animal you are hunting/KILLING? Did you forget, thou shalt not kill??!!!!
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    Well I agree the DNR blew this one big time, there should have been a fine for what he did. Now as for Steed Scutt this man did nothing wrong and he should not be blamed for any of this. The only good thing that has come out of this is Steed Scutt got his deer as he should have in the first place. And as for Maggs deer hunting is not disgusting it is a means for providing food for his family. It is no different that killing a cow to eat. So Maggs give it up and get a life hunting is not hurting anything.
  • by Grant Location: Williams on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:06 AM
    Maggs, what planet are you from ?
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