Wonder Lake hunter fined $10,000 for allegedly illegal deer kill

Crossbow seized as evidence after fourth time same hunter cited for similar deeds

A Wonder Lake hunter was handed a $10,000 civil penalty for using illegal tactics to kill a whitetail deer, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police said Thursday in a Facebook post.

The hunter, who was not identified by the post, has been cited three other times in the past by the state agency for similar wildlife and trespassing violations, according to the post.

Most recently, the hunter is accused of harvesting a 12-point buck more than 40 minutes after legal shooting time and used bait for the animal on a large vacant tract of land in McHenry County.

The investigation into the deer kill was opened by Conservation Police Officer Todd Semenik and concluded earlier this month, according to the Facebook post.

The hunter was charged with a slew of violations, including unlawful take of whitetail deer, deer hunting by the aid of bait, unlawfully hunting between a half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise, unlawfully archery hunting within 100 yards of an inhabited dwelling, destroying real property of another while hunting and failure to tag deer immediately upon kill, according to the Facebook post.

The hunter’s crossbow was seized as evidence and officials will be seeking forfeiture, according to the post.

Rodger Brandt, owner of Wayne’s Country Market in Marengo, has agreed to waive all meat processing fees for the whitetail deer and the meat will be donated to a family in need, according to the post.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.