MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Former wrestling and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Brock Lesnar has been accused by Alberta Fish and Wildlife officials of shooting a mule deer buck in southern Alberta but only packing the trophy head out.
Lesnar, 34, was charged along with hunting guide Chad Stryker, 32, with three charges in relation to leaving meat to rot, improper tagging and illegal possession of wildlife.
In an Alberta’s Professional Outfitter Magazine feature article on the 2010 hunt, Lesnar was described as needing medical attention at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for a severe arm injury caused when the deer’s antlers punctured his bicep as he packed the head out.
In a video shot by North American Hunter Television, Lesnar is shown shooting a mule deer buck at the bottom of a steep coulee under heavy snow cover while accompanied by Stryker.
"I’m very happy with him. Nice, old, mature mule deer," Lesnar said in the video after shooting the buck. "Now the work begins."
Lesnar is then seen with a ruck sack packing what he describes as nearly 70 kilograms of meat out of the coulee. Nothing was shown in the clip of any of the rest of the animal being taken out.
"Baddest man on the planet. With the horns and about 150 pounds of meat on my back for about 500 feet, living the dream — this is what I live for," Lesnar said at the end of the video.
The director of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society said it would be considered unethical to leave edible meat in the field.
"Wasted game is a very serious crime in the minds of hunters because most everybody is hunting for meat at the outset," said Owen Voaklander.
"It’s sort of paying reverence to the animal that they harvested and you’re not wasting."
Lesnar wasn’t present during Thursday’s hearing at Medicine Hat provincial court. According to court documents, he has yet to submit to the jurisdiction to be arraigned and has so far only been represented by a legal agent.
Both Stryker and Lesnar are scheduled to make their next court appearance on Jan. 19.