This hoaxer pled guilty after placing giant antlers on a young buck.
People will find a way to fake practically anything and then put it on the Internet. This is a perfect example.
Nick Davis pleaded guilty this past March on one count of illegal hunting and was fined nearly $800 and had his hunting license revoked for two years. Additionally, Davis was ordered to pay court costs of $180 and a replacement cost of $604 for killing a young buck with a rifle on the second day of archery season.
The story goes that Davis killed a Surry County buck and attached antlers from a farm in Pennsylvania. He then had several pictures taken and reached out to multiple media outlets claiming he had just harvested the biggest non-typical buck ever taken in North Carolina.
The buck was "officially" scored by a scorer with the N.C. Bowhunters Association and, to no surprise, the buck measured a whopping 210 inches which just so happens to be 30 inches more than the standing North Carolina state record.
Finally, after enforcement officers received several calls about the improbability of such a small-bodied buck having such a massive rack, they began an investigation. The investigation didn't take long because Davis admitted within a week that he had falsified the story.
The charges that were dropped were illegal possession of a whitetail and failure to properly tag an animal.
According to wildlife enforcement officer Chris Harris, Davis pleaded guilty to a count of taking a deer during a closed season, and because he pleaded guilty, two other charges were dropped.
The question that should be posed here is, "Did he receive the proper consequence for poaching?"
Some might concur and say all he did was kill one buck, and that won't hurt anything while others might argue that the precedent set here is not harsh enough and will encourage other poachers to attempt getting away with their unethical and unlawful acts because they know they will just receive a slap on the wrist.
What do you think?