Environment | Law

IPR: Michigan court overturns convictions for helping treaty hunter

"The Michigan Court of Appeals says it was legal for hunting guides to help with an off-season bear hunt in Emmet County back in September of 2010. The guides were assisting Todd Yoder, an American Indian hunter.

For Yoder, the hunt was clearly legal because of tribal hunting and fishing rights. But his two assistants are not Native American, and by their own admission, their help was vital to the success of the hunt. Their dogs ran the bear up a tree, where it was shot. Emmet County court found the guides, William McNeight and Blaine Levigne, guilty of “taking” a bear in the off-season."

Get the Story:
Emmet County Bear Hunting Conviction Overturned (Interlochen Public Radio 7/6)

Michigan Court of Appeals Decision:
People v. Levigne (July 3, 2012)