Jeffrey Kenneth Gnielock, 46, of Brighton Township faces charges for killing a Sandhill Crane - a protected animal in the State of Michigan.
No hunting is allowed on protected animals.
Lt. Sherry Chandler, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer for District 8 which includes Livingston County, said the DNR received a tip about the dead crane through its Report All Poaching hotline.
Gnielock's arraignment will take place Sept. 26. He could face fines from $100 to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail if found guilty. He would also have to reimburse the state $100 for the death of the bird.