MI: Hunter pleads guilty
May 20, 2010
Deer's unique antlers sought by Troy police
The 20-plus-point whitetail buck, with a distinctively crooked antler,
was a frequent visitor of the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center in Troy.
Today, Troy police say they're trying to recover the deer's antlers to
put them on display at the nature center after the buck was killed in
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- which also
investigated the incident -- Andrew Martin Polasek, 42, admitted that he
took the deer after he saw wounded on the side of the road, first saying it
was trying to get away, but couldn't move its hind legs and later saying the
buck was barely alive.
Police said Polasek -- who Troy police said is a resident of Bloomfield
Hills and who the DNR said lives in Bloomfield Township -- pleaded guilty
last week to one count of possession of game animal unlawfully taken.
According to police, he was ordered to pay $500 in court fines and $1,000 in
restitution to the state and his hunting privileges were suspended for three
Investigators were led to Polasek one day in late December, when the
deer's photo turned up on hunting Web site The Michigan Sportsman. Someone
recognized the deer and called the Troy Police Department, police said.
The user who posted the photo alleged the deer had been shot in the
"thumb" area of Michigan, according to Troy police and the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources.
When contacted, Polasek told DNR investigators that after he saw the deer
on the side of the road, he went home, changed his clothes, walked back to
the deer and dragged it about a mile back to his residence, where he stabbed
it through the rib cage with a stake. He then attached his hunting license
to one of its antlers and went to show it off to friends, according to the
Polasek admitted that he'd been telling friends he'd killed the deer
while bow hunting.
According to the DNR, Polasek said the deer's head and antlers were in
the freezer at his workplace in Detroit -- a meat distributor. Later,
according to the DNR, Polasek claimed that the head and antlers had been
Troy police are hoping to recover the antlers to put them on display at
the nature center. Anyone with information is asked to call the Troy Police
Department at 248-524-3477.
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