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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