Brock Lesnar Pleads Guilty to Hunting Infraction in Canada (Updated)

December 20, 2011
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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(In reference to the withdrawn spoilage charge) “I can’t really tell you anything about it.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.”

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  • This is a bigger knock against the guide than it is Brock. Bet it costs that guy big time, both in fine and continued business.

  • MikeMc1983

    Wow, now all the people who call Brock a juicer get to call him a criminal as well. Just like sonnen. Lol

  • Iamrozylo

    The reem will be takin lesnars headshot his mantle come the 30th.

  • lol at all these dumbass comments. “The reem will be takin lesnars headshot his mantle…” lol…what? The only sensible comment came from Short_Bus. So Brock’s a juicer and a criminal?? Well, he pleaded guilty, and will pay the fine. I guess you haven’t sped over the speed limit once in your life, right? BUT, at least Short_Bus had a decent post. It did cost him big time, but did he even have a guide with him? I heard Brock used to hunt in Canada a lot.

    • He had a guide. His name was Chad Stryker and he was charged too. Not sure if he’s been to court yet.

  • shereko

    Honestly this is a nothing story… if another MMA fighter thats an avid hunter like Hughes or say Tim Sylvia since he has been on hunting shows, got the same charges nothing would have happened, though for what they pay for the guides I can believe he assumed everything was taken care of by whoever the hunt was filmed by or the guide themselves… lol quite a bit different than Sonnen who lost his real estate license for money laundering. This was less of a fine than a DWI would be, and lot less severe in Canada.

    • MikeMc1983

      Lol, I said “people” because you weren’t the only one. I was actually responding more to mattmolly.
      It’s alright. The comprehension comment wasn’t meant as an insult, but it comes off that way.

  • MikeMc1983

    Did you people really not get what I was saying? I even put lol at the end. More evidence of reading, and comprehension not going hand in hand.

    • shereko

      Yes, I understood, which was why I didn’t “reply” directly under yours… and like usual I agree with what you posted. You can say me, not just “you people” 🙂 but dude don’t take shots and say “reading and comprehension not going hand in hand” … I replied with what I did because others might take it without the Lol. So nice assumption.

  • MikeMc1983

    It responded in the wrong place. Read above.