Michigan hunter with no license loses trophy antlers

December 08, 2011 at 07:55 PM

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan hunter who bagged a 13-point deer in Lapeer County has been forced to give up the venison and the trophy antlers because he didn’t have a license.

Lt. Dave Malloch of the Department of Natural Resources says it would be considered a “once-in-a-lifetime” deer for any hunter. The hunter, Jeff Kerr, said Thursday that the antlers measured out at nearly 182 inches.

A tipster told the DNR that Kerr didn’t buy a license until after he killed the deer on Nov. 20. Kerr says he just couldn’t resist shooting the deer after his hunting buddy missed it twice.

But Kerr admits it was wrong without a license. He could face fines of $1,500. The DNR plans to use the antlers during public talks on hunting laws.