Grampian Police has welcomed the sentencing of 32-year-old Tarrin Bremner at Peterhead Sheriff Court for shooting a deer near Memsie.
Bremner shot and killed a deer on September 22 last year without the proper licence to do so. He was fined £300 and had his ammunition forfeited.
Wildlife Crime Officer PC Gavin Lindsay said: "Poaching is a wildlife crime prioritity and we welcome the sentencing.
"We continue to work closely with partner agencies and members of the public to take positive steps to counter deer poaching.
"In addition, we carry out awareness raising initiatives to assist members of the public to recognise wildlife crime in its various forms and report it to the Police.
"We are always keen to hear from anyone who has information or concerns about deer poaching or other wildlife crimes in their area."
Scott Petrie is North East Regional Manager for Scottish Land & Estates, sits on the Grampian Partnership for action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and also Chairs the Grampian PAW Education Subgroup.
He said: "We welcome this sentencing and see it as a good example of what can be achieved by agencies working in partnership against wildlife crime.
"Policing this sort of crime is clearly challenging. It is imperative that those living and working in rural areas are aware of this illegal activity and act as the eyes and ears of the countryside.
"We will continue to work with Grampian Police and encourage our farming and estate members to do likewise to ensure further progress in combating this area of serious rural crime."