An Oklahoma man has lost his hunting privileges for 20 years after illegally killing a famous 220-class local buck.
From this story in the Oklahoman
_Word spread like wildfire about the slaying of the famed “BP’ buck of Latimer County. Hunters and local residents were outraged that the monster buck had been shot out of season, decapitated and its carcass left rotting less than 150 yards from SH 2, the road between Wilburton and Robbers Cave State Park.
Game Warden Shane Fields had been watching the buck for two years. “Pretty much babysitting it,” he said.
Fields learned its traveling patterns and where it liked to bed down at night. He knew a whitetail of that caliber would eventually attract a poacher.
_Fields, the game warden for Pittsburg and Latimer counties, first learned of the buck’s existence in 2007 when a landowner got a photo of it on his trail camera.
Fields didn’t believe the man when first told that a buck with 200 inches of antlers had been on his place. Then he saw the photo, which quickly spread over the Internet and cell phone cameras.
…It became known locally as the “BP” buck because it spent much of its time on land owned by British Petroleum. Mostly, it roamed between the British Petroleum property and land owned by Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. Both were off limits to hunters. But that didn’t stop one man from shooting it.
“It made me sick at my stomach when I found the carcass,” Fields said. “I was very upset.”
The carcass was discovered on Oct. 1, 2009. It had been shot been shot several days earlier, Fields said. Six weeks later, a tip from a confidential informant led authorities to execute a search warrant on a Bokoshe home.
The antlers from the “BP” buck were found hidden in an air duct compartment in a wall. Authorities also discovered 103 other untagged deer antlers in the home.
Kenny Nixon, 35, of Bokoshe pleaded guilty on March 17 in Latimer County to several misdemeanor wildlife violations in connection with the “BP” buck, including shooting a deer in a closed season and illegal possession of a whitetail deer. He admitted shooting the buck with a .25.06 Browning rifle.
Nixon was fined almost $5,000 and his lifetime hunting privileges were revoked for 20 years. He still may have to pay as much as $5,000 in restitution to the state._
One hundred and three untagged antlers. That’s bad, but get this: this guy had only ever checked in four, yep, four legal deer in his life. So do you think the punishment fits the crime, or is this guy a serial poacher who needs a lifetime hunting ban?