Earlier this month former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, along with his Canadian guide, Chad Stryker , were charged with three hunting violations from the provincial government of Alberta for a hunt that took place there in 2010. The two were charged with improper affixation of tags, spoilage of skin and edible flesh, and possession of a controlled animal.
The court date, originally scheduled for January 19th would never come.
On December 20th, Lesnar pleaded guilty to the improper tagging of a mule deer buck he took with outfitter Trophy Hunters Alberta, near Medicine Hat. The other two related charges were dropped. The punishment included a $1,725 fine and a suspension of his Canadian hunting license for six months.
Brock Lesnar pleaded guilty for not immediately tagging this mule deer taken in Alberta last year.
Lesnar issued this public statement following the court’s decision.
“In November 2010, I went on a filmed hunt in Alberta, Canada. It was sponsored by Fusion Ammunition and guided by Trophy Hunters Alberta. In Alberta, Americans can’t hunt without a licensed outfitter. The outfitter is there to make sure you follow the rules. I had two deer tags for the trip, which meant I could legally shoot two deer. On the first day of the trip, I shot a mule deer. On the second day, I shot a white tail. Video from the hunt has been on the internet for over a year. After I shot the mule deer, I failed to immediately tag it. As far as I was involved, that’s all there is to it.
Now it’s resolved. I paid my fine today. It’s the kind of thing that happens to hunters all the time. I want to thank the Canadian authorities for their cooperation in resolving this misunderstanding. I love Canada and I can’t wait to go back to Alberta for a hunt.
(In reference to the withdrawn spoilage charge) I can’t really tell you anything about it. I understood I couldn’t bring deer meat home with me across the border even if I wanted to, so I trusted the outfitter to properly handle it. They are professionals and I understand it was handled appropriately.”
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