FL: Hunter faces jail after firing at robotic deer during closed season
November 19, 2013
A Florida man was arrested Saturday morning after shooting at a
robotic deer the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission placed on the
side of the road in order to catch poachers during the closed season
in Myakka City.
Officers witnessed Brett Russel Thompson
take the bait, as they concealed themselves in a nearby hiding spot,
and shoot at the mechanical Bambi, Outside reports.
crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle,”
the arrest report said. “He placed the rifle on the fence to steady
himself and shot at the replica.”
Thompson was arrested and
charged with taking deer during closed season, discharging a firearm
from a roadway and taking deer from a right-of-way, the Washington
Thompson confessed to officers he knew the
hunting season was over. He also confessed he knew shooting deer
from a roadway was illegal. He was released from jail after posting
his $1,120 bail and has a court date scheduled for Dec. 12. If
convicted Thompson faces a year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
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