Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2005

Hunter bags monster deer -- faces charges

 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 both.

''It's been a heck of a mess,'' said Crossland, 25, a farmer and rancher.

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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