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Burton family members sentenced for 'unethical' hunting

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

After a three-year investigation, three Burton family members have been sentenced for deer hunting violations.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Joseph Dykes, 33, Richard Dykes, 59, and Charles Dykes, 58 were sentenced in Oscoda County’s 81st District Court.

Investigators said the offenses occurred in Oscoda County from 2014 to 2016.

Joseph Dykes pleaded guilty to unlawfully using (borrowing or loaning) a hunting license, baiting, and taking a deer without a license over the three-year period. He was fined $14,220, of which $12,000 will be restitution to the state for the deer that were taken. He was also sentenced to 45 days in jail or community service and had his hunting license privileges revoked for the next five years.

Richard Dykes, Joseph’s father, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully using a hunting license. He paid $450 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for six months. His hunting privileges were also revoked during the probation period.

Charles Dykes, Joseph’s uncle, plead guilty to one count of unlawfully using a hunting license. He paid $450 in fines and costs, was placed on probation for six months and also had his hunting privileges revoked during that probation period.

“There’s no place in Michigan’s rich hunting tradition for this type of illegal, unethical behavior,” said 1st Lt. Brandon Kieft, District 5 supervisor for the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “This case should send a clear message that those who abuse our shared natural resources will be held accountable.”

During the investigation, conservation officers said they found that Joseph Dykes had also poached a mule deer in Montana. That information was turned over to officials in Montana, where Dykes pleaded guilty after being charged there.

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