Brock Lesnar cleared up a hunting infraction from a trip to southern Alberta Canada recently and will now pay a fine and have his hunting license revoked for the incident.
According to the Winnepeg Free Press, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was charged in Medicine Hat, Alberta, after shooting a mule deer buck, but he only took the trophy head from the kill.
He was charged along with his hunting guide for improper affixation of tags, spoilage of skin and edible flesh, and possession of a controlled animal.
Lesnar’s lawyer appeared on his behalf and he plead guilty to the improper tagging of an animal, while the other two charges were dropped.
Lesnar was fined $1,725 and had his hunting license suspended for six months.
The former NCAA champion is an avid hunter and has posted several videos online of his exploits. The next hunting expedition for Lesnar will be at UFC 141 where he tries to bag Alistair Overeem and earn a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
UPDATE – Following the initial report, Lesnar released a statement closing the matter on the hunting charges in Canada:
“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(In reference to the withdrawn spoilage charge) “I can’t really tell you anything about it.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.
“I’m glad to put this behind me, so I can focus on my fight against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on December 30.”