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August 05, 2013

Celebrity Hunter Spook Spann Gets Jail Time and 1-Year Hunting Ban

By Scott Bestul

Warren “Spook” Spann just can’t seem to get it right. Spann, on probation after being convicted of Lacey Act violations last fall, was caught turkey hunting this spring in violation of his parole, which included a six-month hunting ban. That led U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara to sentence Spann to 30 days in jail and ban him from hunting anywhere in the world for one year.

According to this story in the Wichita Eagle, federal game wardens received information that the host of the television show “Spook Nation” was not only assisting other turkey hunters, he was also illegally spreading bait during the 2013 Tennessee spring season. Spann was under a hunting ban as a condition of his parole at the time.

Last fall, Spann admitted to violating the Lacey Act when he killed a Kansas whitetail during the 2007 season. Spann had permission to hunt the property where he killed the giant buck, but he did not have the proper license. Kansas issues “hunt own land” deer permits to nonresidents who own or lease property in the Sunflower State. He had such a tag but was not hunting property he owned. Federal wardens cited Spann for transporting the illegally killed buck across state lines when he brought the 230” whitetail home to Tennessee. He was fined $20,000, banned from hunting in Kansas for a year, and anywhere in the U.S. for six months. Spann also had to forfeit the trophy buck’s antlers.

Though Spann’s jail sentence is not severe (he can serve on nights and weekends), perhaps the worldwide ban will send a clearer message to a man whose bulb doesn’t seem to burn too brightly. Though I have my doubts.

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from Kris24 wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

What a POS!!!

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from TM wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

Guys like this give hunters a bad name. I suspect his professional career is over.

There also is an important criminal law lesson here. If you're going to violate your conditions of probation, have the good sense not to videotape yourself doing it and for Pete's sake don't put it up on Facebook. I feel bad for his attorney, who got him a pretty sweet deal on the inital Lacey Act violation:

"According to a court document, U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled Spann had violated a probation that forbid him from hunting anywhere in the United States for about the first half of this year. Federal game wardens obtained video footage and Facebook photos of Spann dressed in camoflauge and assisting other turkey hunters this spring in Tennessee."

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from buckhunter wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

Let's hope Spook finds another big buck in jail.

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from jcarlin wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

I'm not trying to defend the guy.
The violations that got him in trouble in the first place are clear and that's compounded by the status he had in the community. However, concerning the parole violation, if you go out and call for your buddy, are you hunting? It seems to me to be along the lines of driving the boat someone else is fishing from.

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from buckhunter wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

jcarlin, I had the same question so I Googled the Tennessee regulations. To call for another turkey hunter you must me a licensed hunter yourself. Found it very quickly near the top of the page.

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from David Pittelli wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

OK, to call for another turkey hunter in Tennessee you must be a licensed hunter yourself. It's still not clear that that would mean you are "hunting" by either the ordinary usage of the word, or by the terms of a Kansas judge. He's obviously foolish and should have asked a lawyer or the judge, but I wouldn't condemn him as a poacher or criminal for this mistake.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

United States Magistrates only have jurisdiction inside the states, territories, and protectorates of the United States of America. How can a U.S. Magistrate sentence a one year hunting ban anywhere in the world, including areas where the U.S. does not have jurisdiction?

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from Ky_guy wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

The fact of the matter is this: not only was he "hunting" by TN law (also violating terms of his probation to which he initially pled GUILTY to..(which tells us he KNEW he needed a different tag than the one he used..come on Helen Keller, it's not rocket science), he was ILLEGALLY baiting turkey with corn. People can condone or condemn him, but that along with other things is why he got 30 days in jail and world-wide suspension of hunting privileges. It doesn't matter if you like the laws in your state as most have adopted "ignorance is no excuse of the law." Speaking of, there have to be some really ignorant people to believe he was ignorant to the law. That has been his life for many years. His wife posted a sad sob post on Facebook where many have supported him. That's great. However, the negative comments (people who know the truth) were removed almost immediately. I will not even get into the hypocrisy of him constantly using "God, Family, Country" and religion to hide behind his deliberate wrong doing. The judge obviously saw the arrogant d-bag he is and rendered a decent decision. He and his "supporters" need to suck it up and move on. If his sponsors have any sense they will drop him as well. Maybe when it's said and done he won't be able to get a job tying knots at a pretzel factory.

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from Dcast wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

I gave him the benefit of the doubt in his poaching case with the deer because the articles posted lacked very crucial information, now this does not. He is an idiot. You know we could stop all this trophy sport by turning off the TV! It would also help with the leasing of land.

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from jjas wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

If he's been caught twice recently it makes one wonder what he may/may not have been doing in the past.....

Regardless....I would imagine he can kiss his TV career good-bye, as I can't imagine any sponsor in their right mind would ever touch this guy again.....

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from rjw wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

Superiority complex from a tv show host, tell me it ain't so.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

O..............K............?

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from Tom Wainwright wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

This is no good for hunting

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from Tom Wainwright wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

This is no good for hunting

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from Buckshott00 wrote 36 weeks 14 hours ago

I love my job, and my house, but I would give them up in a minute and live in my truck to have a hunting show. Then this guy gets one and goes and messes it all up and gives us all a bad name.

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from hutter wrote 36 weeks 4 hours ago

I personally know a big name TV deer hunter that also has a checkerd past. It's probably true for most of the TV personalities.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 35 weeks 5 days ago

Actually, I know two local TV personalities and they are as straight as an arrow. A couple of fine fellas. But theirs were small potatoes outdoors programs. And that's the way these guys preferred it. They saw way too much of this kind of crap on the "successful" level. The pressure to "produce results" has gotten ridiculous and that's why both gents got out of the game. Buckshot, I think you would be GREATLY disappointed once you found out what the TV outdoors game is all about these days. It's real ugly.

So how will this effect Spook's business? Probably not too badly. I was in Minneapolis Gander Mountain a while back and noticed they are still marketing stuff with Jeff Foiles' name on it (I noticed they were still carrying his ground blinds and I suspect his videos and duck calls were also being sold somewhere else in the store but I wasn't interested in that stuff). Now, Spooky pales in comparison to that scumbag Foiles. He gets his jollies taping himself torturing crippled ducks, shooting shotgun with plug out, shooting other people's birds, and - believe it or not - killing suburban park geese with an air rifle so he can cut off their legs for the bird bands (to hang on his call lanyards). But after nearly forty convictions for that stuff and more, there his stuff is still being sold in a major chain outdoors store! The thoroughly disgusted salesperson I spoke to about it was totally ashamed. Said he would have quit over it except he had a family to support. There's no ethics left any more. It's all about money.

I suspect that a year's loss of hunting privileges is all they could slap Mr. Spook with. Too bad. They definitely should have hit him harder over the Kansas deer incident. Baiting turkeys! What a sportsman, eh? Him and Uncle Ted would make quite the hunting crew. Those two are cut from the same cloth!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 35 weeks 2 days ago

All jokes aside, I can understand someone breaking a law especially one that’s not published in regulations provided as handouts to the public.

On the flip side, did you know in Alaska,

A person may only carry a concealed slingshot if that person has paid for the appropriate license.
Location: Haines, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
Buildings that preserve scenic vistas are awarded bonus points by the government.
Location: Juneau, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Eating a neighbor’s baby is strictly forbidden.
Location: Alaska, United States | 40 comments
________________________________________
Employers of bars must not let their bartenders serve while they are drunk themselves.
Location: Haines, Alaska | 3 comments
________________________________________
Intentionally avoiding walking on the cracks in the pavement is illegal.
Location: Alaska, United States | 7 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law in some areas for mothers to breast feed babies over 6 months old in public.
Location: Alaska, United States | 4 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law to attempt to break any law in title 9 of the code (public peace, morals, and welfare).
Location: Haines, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law to look at a moose from an airplane.
Location: Alaska, United States | 5 comments
________________________________________
It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska | one comment
________________________________________
It is forbidden to push a moose out of a plane which is in motion.
Location: Alaska, United States | 14 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to eat live eels in public unless you shout “Warning – Idiot eating eels” beforehand.
Location: Alaska, United States | 2 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to string a wire across any road.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | 3 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
Location: Alaska, United States | 6 comments
________________________________________
It is the state policy that emergencies are held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist.-Sec. 44.62.270. State policy.
Location: Alaska, United States | no comments
________________________________________
Men must NEVER be completely naked.
Location: Alaska, United States | 8 comments
________________________________________
No moose is allowed to have sex on city streets.
Location: Alaska, United States | 8 comments
________________________________________
No one can carry a bow and arrow within city limits.
Location: Nome, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
No person may drive a vehicle when there are more than three people in the front seat, which number shall include the driver.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Owners of flamingos may not allow their pet to enter a barbers.
Location: Juneau, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
Persons may not allow “attractive nuisances” to occur.
Location: Soldotna, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Persons may not live in a trailer as it is being hauled across the city.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | one comment
________________________________________
Stealing snow from a neighbors garden to make a snowman is against the law. Using it for an igloo is acceptable.
Location: Alaska, United States | 2 comments
________________________________________
Waking a bear for the purpose of taking photographs is strictly prohibited.
Location: Alaska, United States | 9 comments

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from Sbednara wrote 34 weeks 6 days ago

we need stiffer penalties to deter/prevent repeat offenders like this. This guy is thinks he is above the law and he is different. what a joke. Throw the book at him. He hurts all of us when he pulls these stunts. This guy needs to lose his privileges for a long time and pay some STEEP fines.

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from crimsontide43 wrote 34 weeks 1 hour ago

If this was such a criminal act why did the neighbor wait until on month before the statue of limitations was going to end to report it? It wasn't the deer as much as bad blood between neighbors. The reason he had to plead guilty was because he didn't have the money to fight the feds.

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from scorp wrote 33 weeks 5 days ago

Penalties were too light.

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from ray cummings wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

I agree with Clay Cooper when he listed absurd laws from Alaska. In Michigan if it is not listed in the rule books as legal it is considered illegal! The point is how do we determine if what we are doing is illegal. Even D.N.R. officers disagree on as to whether some things are legal or not. Just one absurd law from Michigan. At one time it was illegal to cross an intersection in an automobile without first getting out, Walking to the center of the intersection, And firing a shotgun!

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from jtruty wrote 28 weeks 4 days ago

Have Spook Spann's sponsors dropped him yet? If not, then why not? Sends a terrible message to both the hunting and non-hunting communities if they continue supporting a dirt bag like Spann.

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from Jeff Williams wrote 23 weeks 5 days ago

He's never heard the story of Noel Feather?

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from Ky_guy wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

The fact of the matter is this: not only was he "hunting" by TN law (also violating terms of his probation to which he initially pled GUILTY to..(which tells us he KNEW he needed a different tag than the one he used..come on Helen Keller, it's not rocket science), he was ILLEGALLY baiting turkey with corn. People can condone or condemn him, but that along with other things is why he got 30 days in jail and world-wide suspension of hunting privileges. It doesn't matter if you like the laws in your state as most have adopted "ignorance is no excuse of the law." Speaking of, there have to be some really ignorant people to believe he was ignorant to the law. That has been his life for many years. His wife posted a sad sob post on Facebook where many have supported him. That's great. However, the negative comments (people who know the truth) were removed almost immediately. I will not even get into the hypocrisy of him constantly using "God, Family, Country" and religion to hide behind his deliberate wrong doing. The judge obviously saw the arrogant d-bag he is and rendered a decent decision. He and his "supporters" need to suck it up and move on. If his sponsors have any sense they will drop him as well. Maybe when it's said and done he won't be able to get a job tying knots at a pretzel factory.

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from Sbednara wrote 34 weeks 6 days ago

we need stiffer penalties to deter/prevent repeat offenders like this. This guy is thinks he is above the law and he is different. what a joke. Throw the book at him. He hurts all of us when he pulls these stunts. This guy needs to lose his privileges for a long time and pay some STEEP fines.

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from jcarlin wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

I'm not trying to defend the guy.
The violations that got him in trouble in the first place are clear and that's compounded by the status he had in the community. However, concerning the parole violation, if you go out and call for your buddy, are you hunting? It seems to me to be along the lines of driving the boat someone else is fishing from.

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from David Pittelli wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

OK, to call for another turkey hunter in Tennessee you must be a licensed hunter yourself. It's still not clear that that would mean you are "hunting" by either the ordinary usage of the word, or by the terms of a Kansas judge. He's obviously foolish and should have asked a lawyer or the judge, but I wouldn't condemn him as a poacher or criminal for this mistake.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

United States Magistrates only have jurisdiction inside the states, territories, and protectorates of the United States of America. How can a U.S. Magistrate sentence a one year hunting ban anywhere in the world, including areas where the U.S. does not have jurisdiction?

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from jjas wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

If he's been caught twice recently it makes one wonder what he may/may not have been doing in the past.....

Regardless....I would imagine he can kiss his TV career good-bye, as I can't imagine any sponsor in their right mind would ever touch this guy again.....

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from crimsontide43 wrote 34 weeks 1 hour ago

If this was such a criminal act why did the neighbor wait until on month before the statue of limitations was going to end to report it? It wasn't the deer as much as bad blood between neighbors. The reason he had to plead guilty was because he didn't have the money to fight the feds.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ray cummings wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

I agree with Clay Cooper when he listed absurd laws from Alaska. In Michigan if it is not listed in the rule books as legal it is considered illegal! The point is how do we determine if what we are doing is illegal. Even D.N.R. officers disagree on as to whether some things are legal or not. Just one absurd law from Michigan. At one time it was illegal to cross an intersection in an automobile without first getting out, Walking to the center of the intersection, And firing a shotgun!

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from Kris24 wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

What a POS!!!

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from TM wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

Guys like this give hunters a bad name. I suspect his professional career is over.

There also is an important criminal law lesson here. If you're going to violate your conditions of probation, have the good sense not to videotape yourself doing it and for Pete's sake don't put it up on Facebook. I feel bad for his attorney, who got him a pretty sweet deal on the inital Lacey Act violation:

"According to a court document, U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled Spann had violated a probation that forbid him from hunting anywhere in the United States for about the first half of this year. Federal game wardens obtained video footage and Facebook photos of Spann dressed in camoflauge and assisting other turkey hunters this spring in Tennessee."

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from buckhunter wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

Let's hope Spook finds another big buck in jail.

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from buckhunter wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

jcarlin, I had the same question so I Googled the Tennessee regulations. To call for another turkey hunter you must me a licensed hunter yourself. Found it very quickly near the top of the page.

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from Dcast wrote 36 weeks 2 days ago

I gave him the benefit of the doubt in his poaching case with the deer because the articles posted lacked very crucial information, now this does not. He is an idiot. You know we could stop all this trophy sport by turning off the TV! It would also help with the leasing of land.

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from rjw wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

Superiority complex from a tv show host, tell me it ain't so.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

O..............K............?

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from Tom Wainwright wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

This is no good for hunting

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from Tom Wainwright wrote 36 weeks 1 day ago

This is no good for hunting

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from Buckshott00 wrote 36 weeks 14 hours ago

I love my job, and my house, but I would give them up in a minute and live in my truck to have a hunting show. Then this guy gets one and goes and messes it all up and gives us all a bad name.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hutter wrote 36 weeks 4 hours ago

I personally know a big name TV deer hunter that also has a checkerd past. It's probably true for most of the TV personalities.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 35 weeks 5 days ago

Actually, I know two local TV personalities and they are as straight as an arrow. A couple of fine fellas. But theirs were small potatoes outdoors programs. And that's the way these guys preferred it. They saw way too much of this kind of crap on the "successful" level. The pressure to "produce results" has gotten ridiculous and that's why both gents got out of the game. Buckshot, I think you would be GREATLY disappointed once you found out what the TV outdoors game is all about these days. It's real ugly.

So how will this effect Spook's business? Probably not too badly. I was in Minneapolis Gander Mountain a while back and noticed they are still marketing stuff with Jeff Foiles' name on it (I noticed they were still carrying his ground blinds and I suspect his videos and duck calls were also being sold somewhere else in the store but I wasn't interested in that stuff). Now, Spooky pales in comparison to that scumbag Foiles. He gets his jollies taping himself torturing crippled ducks, shooting shotgun with plug out, shooting other people's birds, and - believe it or not - killing suburban park geese with an air rifle so he can cut off their legs for the bird bands (to hang on his call lanyards). But after nearly forty convictions for that stuff and more, there his stuff is still being sold in a major chain outdoors store! The thoroughly disgusted salesperson I spoke to about it was totally ashamed. Said he would have quit over it except he had a family to support. There's no ethics left any more. It's all about money.

I suspect that a year's loss of hunting privileges is all they could slap Mr. Spook with. Too bad. They definitely should have hit him harder over the Kansas deer incident. Baiting turkeys! What a sportsman, eh? Him and Uncle Ted would make quite the hunting crew. Those two are cut from the same cloth!

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from scorp wrote 33 weeks 5 days ago

Penalties were too light.

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from jtruty wrote 28 weeks 4 days ago

Have Spook Spann's sponsors dropped him yet? If not, then why not? Sends a terrible message to both the hunting and non-hunting communities if they continue supporting a dirt bag like Spann.

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from Jeff Williams wrote 23 weeks 5 days ago

He's never heard the story of Noel Feather?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 35 weeks 2 days ago

All jokes aside, I can understand someone breaking a law especially one that’s not published in regulations provided as handouts to the public.

On the flip side, did you know in Alaska,

A person may only carry a concealed slingshot if that person has paid for the appropriate license.
Location: Haines, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
Buildings that preserve scenic vistas are awarded bonus points by the government.
Location: Juneau, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Eating a neighbor’s baby is strictly forbidden.
Location: Alaska, United States | 40 comments
________________________________________
Employers of bars must not let their bartenders serve while they are drunk themselves.
Location: Haines, Alaska | 3 comments
________________________________________
Intentionally avoiding walking on the cracks in the pavement is illegal.
Location: Alaska, United States | 7 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law in some areas for mothers to breast feed babies over 6 months old in public.
Location: Alaska, United States | 4 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law to attempt to break any law in title 9 of the code (public peace, morals, and welfare).
Location: Haines, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
It is against the law to look at a moose from an airplane.
Location: Alaska, United States | 5 comments
________________________________________
It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska | one comment
________________________________________
It is forbidden to push a moose out of a plane which is in motion.
Location: Alaska, United States | 14 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to eat live eels in public unless you shout “Warning – Idiot eating eels” beforehand.
Location: Alaska, United States | 2 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to string a wire across any road.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | 3 comments
________________________________________
It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
Location: Alaska, United States | 6 comments
________________________________________
It is the state policy that emergencies are held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist.-Sec. 44.62.270. State policy.
Location: Alaska, United States | no comments
________________________________________
Men must NEVER be completely naked.
Location: Alaska, United States | 8 comments
________________________________________
No moose is allowed to have sex on city streets.
Location: Alaska, United States | 8 comments
________________________________________
No one can carry a bow and arrow within city limits.
Location: Nome, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
No person may drive a vehicle when there are more than three people in the front seat, which number shall include the driver.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Owners of flamingos may not allow their pet to enter a barbers.
Location: Juneau, Alaska | 2 comments
________________________________________
Persons may not allow “attractive nuisances” to occur.
Location: Soldotna, Alaska | no comments
________________________________________
Persons may not live in a trailer as it is being hauled across the city.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska | one comment
________________________________________
Stealing snow from a neighbors garden to make a snowman is against the law. Using it for an igloo is acceptable.
Location: Alaska, United States | 2 comments
________________________________________
Waking a bear for the purpose of taking photographs is strictly prohibited.
Location: Alaska, United States | 9 comments

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