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A District Sergeant arrested two subjects for failure to tag deer, hunting without permits and failure to report harvest. After setting up on a vehicle, one hunter came out to the truck. A check of his licenses showed the deer permits were separated from the information section of the POS receipts. Blood was noticed on one of the permits. A check was done on POS for sales and harvests which revealed no 2009 harvest reports. After being asked about killing a deer already, the subject paused for a long period and admitted to killing a doe opening weekend. When confronted about not tagging the deer, the subject stated he tagged and called in the deer but the third time around admitted he did not tag or report the deer. The subject was asked twice if he was hunting alone and he said yes. A few minutes later a second hunter showed up at the truck and started loading his gear. A check of the second hunter showed he was a nonresident, but had no violations as he just bought his tags the day before when he came in. When asked the third time, the first hunter said his Uncle was also with them in the bottom. A check of the truck registration showed it came back to a fourth subject who was wanted on a warrant for shining out of Shelby County. The Uncle came out with no bow in hand and produced a single antlerless only tag he bought before season, the only tag he had bought. After retrieving the bow, a quiver was found in the case listing four 2009 bow kills on it. The Uncle was questioned about killing any deer this year and denied taking any deer. The third time around the subject admitted to killing one doe. After being questioned about other kills the subject denied any other kills two times. After being confronted with the quiver the subject admitted to killing four deer. The subject was asked to complete a written statement. While filling out the statement, blood was noticed on the Uncle’s wrist. The Uncle was then asked about the deer he killed earlier in the evening. He denied any kills. The second time around the Uncle stated “What difference does it make, I’m already in trouble.” The third time around the Uncle admitted to killing a small buck that was just up the road in the trees. None of the deer were tagged or reported. The truck owner was never located, but if he was present, he got left behind as the subjects were followed home and all deer were seized. Like they say the third time is a charm. A felony charge is being pursued on the one subject.
"It is better to be silent and be thought an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" - Mark Twain