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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM

TV celebrity hunter sentenced: Tennessee resident William “Spook” Spann, host of a popular national TV hunting show, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for violation of probation from an earlier hunting infraction, according to noogaoutdoors.com

Spann initially had been put on probation and banned from hunting for a six months following his conviction of illegally kidding a trophy buck in Kansas. Spann claimed that the violation was unintentional and technical in nature, because he had the required licenses and permits. But he killed the deer on land he was not supposed to be hunting on, according to Kansas wildlife regulations.

Spann was fined $20,000 and prohibited from hunting in the U.S. for six months.

However, wildlife officials received a tip that Spann was hosting turkey hunts on his Dickson property, calling, setting out decoys and illegally baiting the hunting site. Agents filmed the activities and took Spann back before a judge, charging that he had violated the terms of his probation.

Spann argued that he was not hunting, since he didn’t carry a gun or attempt to kill turkey, but was merely assisting other hunters. However, the judge ruled that his activities constituted “hunting” and handed down the sentence.

Spann can serve the 30 days during nights or weekends. His probation was extended until 2016 and he cannot hunt anywhere until Aug. 1, 2014.

Response to Spann’s latest infraction, like his first case, has been mixed. Some feel the sentence is too harsh because of the technical aspect of his violation. Others believe it is his duty to understand and strictly abide by his state’s game laws, especially considering his high-profile standing as a celebrity hunter.

Perfect score: Kerry Hale shot a perfect 50 straight to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Tim Whitlock posted a 48 to capture the Sub-Junior completion and Billy Rob won Veterans, also with a 48.

For information about the weekly shoot, contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.

Fishermen comments: Fishermen are invited to send comments and recommendations for the 2014 season to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

They can be e-mailed to: twra/comment@state.tn.us/twra, called into the TWRA fisheries department at 781-6622, or mailed to: TWRA Fishing Comments, Ellington Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 41489, Nashville, Tn. 37204.

License reminder: With squirrel and dove seasons underway, the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after Jan.1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education Course to get a license. Dove hunters must also have a federal migratory license.

Information about license requirements and options is available at the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org or in the current Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, available at most outdoor outlets.


Aug. 24-Feb. 28: squirrel season

Sept. 1-26: dove season first segment

Sept. 28-Oct. 25: deer archery season

Oct. 12-25: fall turkey season

Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season

Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season

Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill, or bagged some doves or squirrels? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

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