Lodi man admits bagging massive Sacramento County buck out of season

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A Lodi man pleaded no contest this week to illegally shooting a massive trophy blacktail deer out of season in Sacramento County. John Frederick Kautz, 51, of Lodi, was charged with possession of an illegally killed deer and falsification of deer tag reporting information, both misdemeanors, stemming from a three-month investigation by officers at the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The officers alleged that Kautz illegally killed the buck on private property in Wilton in December 2016, two months after the regionโ€™s deer-hunting season ended. The buck had an impressive sprawling set of antlers โ€“ five points on one side, four on the other โ€“ that would have made it eligible for the trophy record books had it been hunted legally, wildlife officers said.
He was sentenced to two days in Sacramento County jail, placed on three years probation with a search and seizure clause and ordered to surrender the stuffed deer head. Under his plea bargain, heโ€™s prohibited from hunting or accompanying anyone else who is hunting during his probation. He was fined $5,000, wildlife officers said.
Kautzโ€™s attorney wasnโ€™t listed Friday in online Sacramento County Superior Court records. He couldnโ€™t be reached for comment.

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