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Hunter charged in deer tag violation

A Star Prairie man has been charged with a deer hunting violation in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

John L. Baumgartner, 24, pleaded innocent to failing to attach an ear tag to a deer carcass Thursday, March 28.

The charge stemmed from the investigation by DNR warden Paul Sickman who followed up on a complaint Baumgartner had possession of an untagged deer.

The criminal complaint alleged Baumgartner shot two nine-point bucks during the bow season, one in September and one in November and failed to tag one. The deer were featured on You Tube and a Facebook page.

Only one buck is allowed on a Wisconsin archery license. Sickman seized the first buck and Baumgartner's bows and arrows. Warden Bill Wrasses confiscated the second buck from a taxidermist in Nelson, court records said.

The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor offense is a $2,000 fine, six months in jail and loss of hunting privileges for three years.