Former ‘Bering Sea Gold’ Star Busted For Poaching In Michigan: “I Don’t Care, I’m Addicted To Venison”

Scott deer hunting

Man, if this ain’t an honest criminal, I don’t know what is.

According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, A Kalamazoo man was arraigned earlier this month on 10 charges from Michigan DNR.

The charges for 55-year-old Kevin Meisterheim, who was actually a reality TV star on three seasons of Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold, include taking white-tailed deer outside of lawful hunting ours (one count), hunting white-tailed deer with no license (two counts), uses the deer hunting licenses of another (two counts), taking an over limit of antlered white-tailed deer (two counts), transporting/possessing untagged antlered white-tailed deer (three counts).

The DNR requested additional charges for illegal bait, failing to immediately validate/attach kill tags and using someone else’s hunting license.

Chief Dave Shaw of the DNR Law Enforcement Division shared in a statement:

“This is an excellent investigation of a poacher who shows no respect for the resource or the ethics of fair chase. Violations of this type deprive law-abiding people of their opportunity to have access to and enjoy a public trust natural resource, in this case white-tailed deer.”

An investigation showed that Meisterheim took at least 11 deer between October 1st to December 24th back in 2021, along with three on October 1st, that he believed were “tagged out” the first week of archery season.

Within three days, Meisterheim allowed two deer to spoil, and were rejected by the processor due to their condition.

In an interview at the Kalamazoo County Jail, the culprit didn’t appear to be guilty at all:

“Sure, I love to kill deer. If I could kill more I would, to be honest with you.”

During his illegal hunts, he would also use other people’s deer tags to cover his illegal deer, if he even tagged them to begin with.

While being interviewed by conservation officer James Nason, Meisterheim added that he is:

“Not the most ethical hunter, tagging other people’s deer, but I don’t care… I am addicted to the venison.”

He also claimed that injured deer would die near his hunting location, and he also hunted on several properties where he didn’t have permission.

He’s currently serving 18 months probation for aggravated domestic assault in Kalamazoo County, but is due back to court for DNR in February.

Wow, this guy’s a truly outstanding member of society.

Congratulations for being a grade-A asshole.

Scott was starred in Bering Sea Gold from 2012-2014, where he was constantly a source of arguments, controversy, and physical altercations:

Here’s the full fight clip:

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A beer bottle on a dock