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.