Texan Convicted Of Poaching Deer Ordered To Spend Weekends In Jail During Next 5 Hunting Seasons

He trespassed and shot a buck on an archery-only private property. 

By Gina Tron

A man from Whitesboro, Texas, was given an unprecedented punishment, but it is one that fits the crime. John Walker Drinnon, 32, was convicted of poaching a deer on private property. He shot a 19-point white-tailed buck with a rifle in an archery-only county, according to KXII-TV. Investigators with the Texas Department of Wildlife said he was trespassing when he shot the animal.

Now, for the next five years, he will be behind bars every weekend during deer hunting season. That was the punishment that Judge Jim Fallon felt was most appropriate for the crime, which is a state jail felony.

Drinnon also has to pay over $18,000 in civil restitution and serve five years of probation for killing the stag. The dollar amount is also fitting for the crime. The trophy stag was worth an estimated value of $18,048.10, and according to the Boone and Crockett scale, it scored a 202.

After killing the buck, Drinnon found it difficult to keep himself from bragging. His boastful behavior got him busted. “Rumors spread like wildfire” about his kill, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and game wardens became suspicious when Drinnon’s story seemed far-fetched.

“In Grayson County, wary old bucks present a challenge for bowhunters, but seldom escape the camera or coffee shop gossip,” game wardens stated.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Drinnon initially lied about where he killed the buck. He claimed he killed the deer in a public area of Oklahoma, but later admitted to poaching.

Drinnon will not be able to buy another hunting license while he is on probation.

[Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department]

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