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Illinois hunting and fishing

Five more charged with poaching trophy deer

November 07, 2011 at 04:07 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

SPRINGFIELD –  For the second time in a week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced charges have been filed against hunters who illegally took trophy deer in Illinois.

The most recent case, announced Monday, involves five men from Illinois and Michigan that have been charged with 42 wildlife violations in Illinois involving 31 deer, some of trophy quality.


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The largest deer had a non-typical rack scoring 213 5/8 inches and valued at $25,000 .

On Nov. 2, three men were charged with illegally killing two dozen deer, including one Illinois officials say might have set a new state record.

That deer’s rack was valued at $35,000. (See separate story linked below)

Arrests in Monday’s case came after a five-month investigation.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers received the assistance of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Alleged violations occurred in Cook County unless otherwise noted: 

Louis C. Bergsma (age 35 from Galena)

    2 counts of unlawfully hunting on private property without permission from the landowner
    2 counts of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer with an invalidated archery deer permit
    1 count of failure to tag whitetail deer upon recovery
    2 counts of unlawful possession of a whitetail deer taken in violation of administrative rule
    1 count of unlawfully hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license
    1 count of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer without a State Habitat Stamp.
    2 counts of falsifying IDNR harvest records (Sangamon Co.)
    1 count of failure to report harvest as required (Sangamon Co.)
       
    Jonathan P. Bergsma (age 33 from Ada, MI)

      2 counts of accessory to unlawfully hunting on private property without permission from the landowner
      2 counts of accessory to unlawfully hunting whitetail deer with an invalidated archery deer permit
      2 counts of accessory to the unlawful possession of a whitetail deer taken in violation of administrative rule
      1 count of unlawfully hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license
      1 count of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer without a State Habitat Stamp
      1 count of falsifying IDNR harvest records (Sangamon Co.)

      Douglas J. Bergsma (age 60 from Rockford, MI)

        1 count of unlawfully hunting on private property without permission from the landowner
        1 count of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer with an invalidated archery deer permit
        1 count of unlawful possession of a whitetail deer taken in violation of administrative rule
        1 count of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer without a State Habitat Stamp
        1 count of falsifying IDNR harvest records (Sangamon Co.)
        1 count of failure to report harvest as required (Sangamon Co.)

        Daniel E. Bergsma (age 27 from Ada, MI)

          2 counts of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer with an invalidated archery deer permit
          2 counts of unlawful possession of a whitetail deer taken in violation of administrative rule
          2 counts of falsifying IDNR harvest records (Sangamon Co.)

          Tom E. Hedke (age 33 from Caledonia, MI)

            1 count of accessory to unlawfully hunting on private property without permission from the landowner
            2 counts of accessory to unlawfully hunting whitetail deer with an invalidated archery deer permit
            2 counts of accessory to the unlawful possession of a whitetail deer taken in violation of administrative rule
            2 count of unlawfully hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license
            2 count of unlawfully hunting whitetail deer without a State Habitat Stamp


            Additional charges are pending. If anyone has information about illegal activities in the field,call theTarget Illinois Poacher Hotline at 1-877-2DNRLAW (1-877-236-7529).

            Related stories

            Three charged in deer poaching case

            UPDATED: Three men have been charged with unlawfully taking a total of 24 deer in Illinois and Canada over a 10-year period, including a potential record 36-point buck worth $35,000.

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            I hope they ALL lose their hunting rights for LIFE!!!! Set an example IL DNR!!!!

            How sickining this is.

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 03:17 AM

            Make it illegal to sell deer mounts/antlers.  (Like eagle feathers.)  This is only one of many ways to help stop this crap.  $1,000 mandatory fine for trespassing would help too.

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 10:12 AM

            I hope that the DNR does the math on this case.  How many deer a year harvested on average in this state?  How many of them are trophy quality animals like these?  One in how many million animals are 36 pointers?  These scum basically rigged the lottery so they’d win each and every single time they set their sites on an animal…and at the cost of every hunter/fisherman/sportsman out there. 
            A slap on the wrist like the goose hunters in southern Illinois just got, isn’t enough. 
            These guys are members of an organized crime family…it’s just that the crimes aren’t against the normal victims. 
            PLEASE MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF THEM!

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 11:31 AM

            Now we all know that the bigger the antlers, the biggest and most fish we can catch and most alcohol we can drink while were doing it has a direct influence on the size of our man hood. Chances are they got caught because they was drinking and bragging at a tavern some where. Other wise if we didnt brag how would any one know how much of a man we are?

            Wildsurvivor

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 07:47 PM

            outfitters are the fuel behind people like this,  hell most or all of them are probly associated with outfitters in some way. get rid of them all, god put wildlife here for ALL of us to enjoy not the wealthy.  im not gonna pay to hunt nor cheat at it,  i will give it up all together before that happens

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 05:09 PM

            Google Bergsma + Whitetail Properties for all you need to know. Look at all the companies that he was in bed with.

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 07:26 PM

            Next thing ya know they will publish a magazine article or two explaining how they were unjustly accused. This kind of scorebook addiction has ruined deer hunting . What a shame

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/10 at 08:59 AM

            Judging by the last names and ages, it appears this lack of ethics and values runs in the family. For all of us that cherish and RESPECT the priviledge to hunt, throw the book and iron bars at these scum IDNR. All weapons should be confiscated and sold for charity and never again should any of them hold a valid hunting license. Not only do they not respect nature, they have no respect for the rest of us that walk the line and do our very best to uphold the ethical hunter’s reputation.

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/10 at 10:56 AM

            If they appear before a judge, I hope the law takes these crimes serious and prosecutes to the fullest extent of the law ! Maybe they’ll get some lady antihunter judge and she’ll be out for revenge !  LOL
            It’s become a shame what some people will do to get the almighty trophy buck to make a name for themself ! I’m talking about poachers here. The folks who work hard and do it honest have my respect !

            Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/10 at 01:32 PM

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