24-year-old ordered to pay $2,500 for shooting deer in yard [UPDATED]Published 10:06am Friday, November 1, 2013 Updated 12:09pm Friday, November 1, 2013
A Fergus Falls man who reportedly shot deer on his property because they were eating his cattle feed was sentenced Oct. 28 in Otter Tail County District Court.
Troy Adam Hanks, 24, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, to be stayed for two years, for gross misdemeanor game and fish-taking big game out of season.
He must also pay $2,500 in wildlife restitution to the Department of Natural Resources. In exchange for the plea, four additional counts of gross misdemeanor game and fish-taking big game out of season were dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint, an anonymous caller alerted a conservation officer in April to Hanks shooting deer in the 22200 block of 310th Street in Fergus Falls.
The officer went to the residence and reportedly found six dead deer and three dead holstein calves in a pile.
Hanks reportedly said he had problems with deer eating his cattle feed since he moved there in September 2012.
He was frustrated and decided to shoot the deer, the report says. He shot 17 deer between March 11 and April 3.