Stories about deer hunting in Tennessee are pretty common if you’re reading newspapers from Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis or points in between.
This week you can find them in the New York Daily News, The Washington Post and most points in between those cities as well. Thanks Eddy Albert and Densibel Calzada.
The two are getting their 15 minutes of fame this week for killing somewhere around 40 deer according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Canada Goose online The press will only last them a few more days, if that long, but the consequences of their poaching spree are going to last a lifetime.
Albert, age 21, and Calzada, 23, have been banned for life from hunting in Tennessee.
And they had better hurry because four of the six states that aren’t part of the WVC are in the process of joining.
Did I imply they were hunters? Sorry about that.
Before the two entered guilty pleas in Rutherford County Court on Feb. 3, TWRA’s investigation found evidence of the pair trespassing, hunting at night, hunting out of season and illegally transporting wildlife. That, as they say, was the tip of the iceberg.
Albert and Calzada were cited for hunting without permission in December and detained by police 48 hours later with a dead deer and a rifle in their pickup truck after shots were reported at midnight near Smyrna. That led to TWRA Wildlife Officers Sgt. Matt Brian and Sgt. Jonathan Lee investigating the pair and finding out that being poachers, jacklighters and trespassers weren’t their only sins.
“Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife,” said Brian, who works in Rutherford County.
The number of deer killed jumps off the page when reading about the laws Albert and Calzada broke. Although not many hunters attempt it, you can kill way more than 40 deer during a season in Tennessee and never break a single rule depending on where you hunt and how much you hunt.
What stands out about these two isn’t the number it was back in 2010 when four poachers were charged with illegally killing 41 bucks at Fort Campbell but the other information that came out of the investigation: Images of dead deer lined up alongside each other and video of the two men celebrating their kills were among collected evidence.
“They were getting on top of the deer and doing all sorts of things,” TWRA’s Doug Markham told the Tennessean. “They had one (video) where the deer was still alive and they blew his head off. They were high fiving each other after showing the hole where they had shot one at nighttime.”
The two are going to have to pay $5,000 each in restitution and complete 100 hours of community service and serve 18 months of probation to go along with their lifetime hunting ban.
Online arguments are raging that the penalty isn’t stiff enough and the pair should trade in their orange hunting vests (if they ever wore any) for orange jumpsuits and spend some time behind bars. The online jurists have suggested everything from the standard 11 months and 30 days to a decade or two.
Instead of a jailer I think they need a doctor OK, they need a jailer and a doctor.
Trespassing and poaching give hunters a bad name, but what these two did transcends breaking wildlife laws.
Keeping a wounded animals alive for an extra second after it could have been put out of its misery reads like something Stephen King would dream up for one of his books. And now the rest of us are paying a PR price when somebody who reads The Washington Post says “Did you see that story about those two hunters from Tennessee?”
Two grown men who find something funny about cavorting around an animal they wounded? Forget community service, probation or hunting bans, how’s about sentencing them to a few hundred hours with psychiatrist. canadagoose2014 Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual assessment of duck populations is still two weeks away, but it’s expected that another 60 day, 6 duck per day season will be the recommendation.
But the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Mississippi Flyway Council are trying to get duck hunters a few more days outside of that period.
For two decades, Tennessee had an “experimental” early wood duck and teal season that was, after a lot of sweating and haggling, permanent. That permanency came only after it looked like the USFWS was going to do away with the season altogether before flip flopping and not only making it permanent, but expanding it to other states.
With a bag limit of four ducks per day ? only two of which can be wood ducks ? for five days, the TWRA and Flyway Council are wanting to see the limit goosed up a bit. Hunters still would be allowed only two wood ducks, but the blue wing teal limit would go to four.
This year, the early season runs Sept. 13 17, more or less coinciding with the early Canada goose season that goes Sept. 1 15.
The reasoning behind the request is teal populations are on the uptick, and in states that allow September teal hunting, hunters not only get more days, they get to shoot more birds.
Wisconsin became the latest state to add an early teal season, with the Natural Resources Board voting on Wednesday to open hunting on Sept. 1 and close the season on Sept. 7 with a bag limit of six teal. The state has termed the season experimental and said the focus the first year will be more on hunters than ducks ? as in can hunters distinguish teal from the ducks that are off limits?
Missouri has a blue winged teal season that is based on the estimated population: If blue winged breeding populations fall below 3.3 million, there is no season; between 3.3 million and 4.7 million (the long term average) there is a nine day season with a six bird bag limit; and for over 4.7 million birds, the season is 16 days with a bag limit of six.
If numbers hold from 2013, Missourians can count on having 16 days in the field because the population literally exploded over the past few years before slipping a bit.