In a page out of the News of the Weird, a Florida man shoots a fake deer, and is subsequently arrested.
The story comes out of a rural road south of Myakka, Florida, where the Miami Herald reported that Brent Russell Thompson was arrested last Sunday for shooting a dummy deer, set up by local Federal Wildlife Commission officers who were waiting in hiding nearby. The shot was confirmed to have hit the decoy in the neck, and Thompson was charged with taking deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a roadway and taking deer from a right-of-way. He faces up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines if convicted, the report said.
Safety is the biggest reason laws like shooting from a roadway and taking deer from a populated area are in existence. Thompson admitted to knowing it was illegal to hunt so close to a road, and that deer were out of season when he took the shot.
Of course, illegal deer harvesting has become a problem in some areas, prompting the TWC to use decoys more often.
“It’s a great detail and it has been a great tool for FWC to deter bad hunting practices,” TWC officer Jeffrey Babauta said in the report. “It does help. Once word gets out that there is a fake deer out there, it deters the bad hunting.”
Featured image via Florida Fish and Wildlife