Florida hunter may face jail time in robotic deer sting

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A Florida hunter may face jail time after he decided to take a shot at a deer decoy set up by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission during the state’s off season.

Brett Russel Thompson spotted the robotic deer from the side of a rural road south of Myakka City, according to an arrest report, the Miami Herald reported. He pulled over and got out of his vehicle.

“He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle,” the report said. “He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica.”

Mr. Thompson is charged with taking deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a roadway and taking deer from a right-of-way, the Herald reported. He faces up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines if found guilty.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has apparently been setting up these deer stings for decades.

“We set up details where we suspect poachers might be harvesting deer illegally,” FWC spokesman Gary Morse told the Herald. “We wait to catch them in the act.”

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