June 3, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Michael Crossland didn't have much time to celebrate
when he shot what may have been the largest whitetail deer ever killed
in Oklahoma -- a monster buck with a 31-point set of antlers that could
be worth $20,000 to $30,000.
Instead, the antlers were seized by the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation and a charge of hunting without permission was
filed against him. If convicted, he could be fined, face jail time, or
''It's been a heck of a mess,'' said Crossland, 25, a farmer and
Crossland shot the deer on Nov. 23 on the property of Ryan Hunt. Hunt
sought the hunting charge against Crossland. Crossland says he had
permission to hunt on the land.
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