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Offline bugfixer

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Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:10:11 AM »
Why is it so hard for people to just follow the rules.

Trophy deer head brought to court as hunter charged with illegal killing

By Bryan Brasher

Originally published 12:10 p.m., October 26, 2010
Updated 11:02 p.m., October 26, 2010

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. It's not every day that the frozen head of a whitetail deer is brought into the General Sessions courtroom of the Fayette County Justice Center.

But it happened Tuesday morning as Ricky Williams of Mason, Tenn., faced Judge Mike Whitaker on charges of illegally killing one of the largest deer ever taken in Tennessee.

The head of the gigantic Fayette County buck, which was partially covered with a black plastic garbage bag, scored 204 points on the national Boone & Crockett antler scoring system. If it had been taken legally, it would have qualified for ninth on the state's all-time harvest list.

Williams, who is charged with hunting over a baited area, hunting without a license and illegal possession of a firearm during the archery season, could not reach a plea agreement; his case now goes to a grand jury.

The deer's head and 24-point antler rack were brought to the courtroom at the request of Whitaker, who admonished Williams from the bench.

"Hunting over a baited field is one of the most offensive violations a hunter can commit," said Whitaker, referring to the illegal practice of using corn to lure wild game repeatedly to the same area.

Matthew Armour, Williams' attorney, began the proceedings by telling Whitaker of a proposed plea agreement between his client and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. But it proved a tough sell with the animal's head just a few feet away.

Under the proposed agreement, Williams would have pleaded guilty to hunting in a baited area and possession of a firearm during the archery deer season. The charge of hunting without a license would have been dismissed.

He would have paid $1,000 restitution while forfeiting his firearm and various other hunting accessories to the state. He also would have lost his hunting privileges for two years.

Armour argued that the plea agreement was fair because there has been no allegation that Williams used the illegal firearm to kill the deer. He said it was killed with a crossbow, a weapon that has been legal during Tennessee's archery deer season for several years.

Whitaker was not satisfied with the terms of the agreement.

"I would not accept an agreement without at least a five-year suspension of hunting privileges," Whitaker said.

Williams left the courtroom to speak with his attorney after hearing Whitaker's decision on the proposal and returned 30 minutes later, asking that the case be bound over to a grand jury.

A handful of Tennessee conservation officers were present, including Bubba Spencer, Ty Inmon and Ray McMillen, who carried the deer's head and antler rack into the courtroom.

They agreed that such an impressive deer deserved a better ending.

"Whatever happens, it's really a shame that a deer like this had to be killed illegally," Spencer said.

The deer's head created a buzz in the courtroom, and several people asked the officers to stop for pictures as they carried it out.

Inmon, who has helped make numerous high-profile cases against Fayette County game violators during the past year, said the deer had great potential if it had lived another season or two.

"This is just a 31/2 -year-old deer, and most people will tell you they don't reach their potential until they're 51/2 years old," Inmon said. "It could have been a state record two years from now or even next year. It's a shame to see it go down this way."

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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 11:16:31 AM »
It happens.  We are a big country and a mixture of alot of different people.  The guy sounds like he is a real winner anyway.  I am sure that you can find many more personnel issues in this guy's life.  Not a role model!
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 11:23:04 AM »
what a waste. right across the border in MN there was a possible state record 8 pt poached. i agree. if you can't do it legally, where is the fun. you might as well go to a pen and shoot a deer. beautiful animal wasted. thx
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 11:25:40 AM »
Too bad...only 3 1/2? wow

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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 11:33:03 AM »
I agree what a waste and what a loser!
I hope he get's his trail and they toss the Book at him and he get's jail time....
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 01:33:49 PM »
Thats the second deer in West TN to be shot illegally that was around 200 plus inches in 2 years.  A guy in Eads TN shot one last year after season out of his back yard through a window in his house, he took it to a taxidermist in MS, TWRA tracked it down and busted him too.....Bragging about the buck got him busted, cause his next door neighbor had pictures of the buck on his trail camera in his back yard, several dif times after season had closed and called the Game Warden and reported it
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 02:04:43 PM »
Some people just can't help themselves, that crook stole a great trophy from all of the legal hunters in Tenn. They should take his hunting rights for 10 years. >:(
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2010, 03:50:41 PM »
your right bug, it is a crying shame, I would love to get a chance to harvest a deer like that LEGALLY.......he had the chance, yet had to do it illegaly.....a real shame @--0--0127
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2010, 04:04:11 PM »
are we even sure it was even killed in TN?  looks like a huge non-typical that several of us hunted in Michigan almost 4 years ago and was poached as we found the carcass close to the road but no head attached.  sure that deer wasn't sold on the deer black market to confuse law enforcement of the trail and who shot it?  anyone seen the recent article that over 40% of the Missouri deer done by taxidermist were poached illegally?  these big antlered bucks are becoming quite a business with some going for $10-$20,000 or more each.


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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010, 07:35:29 PM »
That is just ridicules.  I am with everyone else--play by the rules.  If you don't it will eventually catch up to you.
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2010, 08:29:45 PM »
Wow what a shame  @--0--0127
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2010, 11:21:36 PM »
They should make the penelties stiffer, and they should loose their right to hunt and own any type of firearm or bow.
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 06:29:47 AM »
I'm glad he turned down the pea bargain. Now hopefully there will be some people on the grand jury willing to convict him!
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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2010, 06:41:43 AM »
Such a waste of a fine deer

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Re: Monster deer killed illegally in TN
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 06:54:04 AM »
What a shame. It is sad they a so called (hunter) poached this deer. People like that give us true hunters a bad name.
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