FWC: 4 Alabama Residents Face Numerous Illegal Hunting Charges

By: FWC Release; Bryan Anderson Email
By: FWC Release; Bryan Anderson Email

4 Alabama Residents Face Numerous Illegal Hunting Charges
by Bryan Anderson

Marianna, FL -- October 26, 2011 --

William Tillery, Brandon Smith, Dustin Parker, and Lindsay Holloway are all waiting to make their first appearances in front of a Jackson County judge.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the group illegally killed eight deer and shot at others near the Alabama border in Jackson County.

"I think they knew what the law was. I believe they felt like they could come to Florida and not have to pay the piper," said F.W.C Spokesperson Stan Kirkland.

Investigators said in mid-September the four suspects started hunting near Sellar's Road and Highway Two, and they said the group made at least 11 different trips to the area before they finally busted them in a peanut field off Christmas Road on October 12th.

Officers said after they pulled the group over, they checked their car and found tarps, deboning tools, and other hunting material.

McCoy's Outdoors Manager Joey Peacock is one of several local hunters upset to hear what happened.

"You take away a lot of pleasure from a lot of other people because you can't go out and do it right like everybody else," said Peacock.

The group faces a total of 41 charges, some carrying the possibility of a hefty fine, even jail time. As of Wednesday, it was not clear when they were going to make their first appearances.

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Three Alabama men and a woman face a multitude of charges for illegally shooting deer at night north of Marianna, in Jackson County.

William Cody Tillery (DOB 08/05/90), Brandon Leigh Smith (DOB 02/20/91) and Dustin Chase Parker (DOB 10/12/92), all from Dothan, Ala., and Lindsay Brooke Holloway (DOB 03/29/92) of Troy, Ala., are charged with killing eight deer and shooting at other deer in agricultural fields just south of the Florida-Alabama line. They were accompanied by three juveniles, also from Alabama.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers said the group began working an area of north Jackson County near Sellar’s Road and Highway 2, apparently back in mid-September. Officers said they received several complaints of night-hunting in the area.

On Oct. 12, FWC Officer Mike Guy and Cottondale Police Officer George Dodson, who was riding with Guy, stopped a car late at night on Christmas Road after seeing the occupants shine a peanut field with their headlights. Inside the car, officers found firearms and deboning kits, and the trunk was lined with plastic. Smith, Tillery and Holloway were inside the car.

Smith and Tillery allegedly admitted they had been night hunting.

“They said they had been watching ‘Monster Buck’ videos and wanted to go kill a big deer,” Guy said.

Alabama Department of Conservation law enforcement officers assisted in the investigation. Guy said their help was invaluable in locating and interviewing others that were involved, including Parker, and the recovery of processed deer meat and antlers. Additionally, a .30-30 hunting rifle and a crossbow were seized as evidence.

In addition to illegal night-hunting charges, Guy said Smith and Parker face charges for shooting from a Florida roadway and criminal mischief for driving across and damaging peanuts that were in the process of being harvested.

Information about violations of Florida fish and wildlife laws can be reported to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). People can also send a text message to Tip@MyFWC.com or file an online report at MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert. People with tips may remain anonymous and collect a reward if an arrest is made based on their information.

First appearance for the defendants in this case will be scheduled by the Jackson County Clerk of the Court.

Charges filed against the four are as follows:

Brandon Leigh Smith

§ Taking deer illegally – 11 counts

§ Taking wildlife from a roadway – three counts

§ Criminal mischief – one count

Dustin Chase Parker

§ Taking deer illegally – nine counts

§ Taking wildlife from a roadway – four counts

§ Criminal mischief – one count

William Cody Tillery

§ Taking deer illegally – eight counts

Lindsay Brooke Holloway

§ Taking deer illegally – four counts.

Additional charges are pending against the suspects.


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  • by Public Outrage! Location: Florida on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    25 years ago, it cost over $350 per lb. for a hunter to legally kill a single deer. Don't believe when a hunter says he killed a deer because he was hungry. Don't believe it when he says he hunts deer for the sport either. BeerBellyBubba sits high in his hi-tech deerstand or truck sippin suds waiting for a deer to eat in front of him from seed he has planted. With the help of his deer tracking dogs, all BeerBellyBubba has to do is pull the trigger of his bad 30 ault6 highpowered riffle in hopes to shoot the defenseless deer. Hunters should grow a spine and give the deer the same equal chance to survive the fight with no guns, no deerstands, and no tracking dogs. Have one on one combat like wild animals do. If you win, then you can call yourself a real sportsman. As for these Bama poachers, BOOK'EM DANO. Place heavy fines on these cowards to help pay for care of hundreds of injured animals in Florida's wildlife refuge hospitals.
  • by Will Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    These are the hunters that got caught. How many hunters poach? How many more are there?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    wow, what sportsmen to blind a deer at night then shoot the unarmed animal. Real brave and tough hunter men. Those that disobey hunting regulations that are in place for a reason probably kill most everything illegally. We can't man an FWC officer in every square mile.
  • by A.C. Location: Thomasville on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    I know what they did was illegal but the question is why did they do this. If this was done just to kill a Big Buck, they are wrong. If this was done out of hunger due to lack of funds, I have no problem with it. The good Lord placed these animals on earth for our needs and a great deal of people in today's times are in need, either way it is illegal and punishment will be given.
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      by GV on Oct 27, 2011 at 07:13 AM in reply to A.C.
      Yeah but you can't go on someone else's property and shoot them,idiot.What is so hard to understand about that.I don't care how hungry someone is.Do you want someone shooting deer on your property at night?God didn't put deer on my land for someone to be sneaking around in the middle of the night to shoot.I guess you think it would also be ok if they kicked your door in while you were asleep and took everything out of your refridge if they were hungry.After all,God put the food in there for a reason.
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        by A.C. on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to GV
        Bite me!
  • by deer is 100 times better than meat out the store. Location: fl on Oct 26, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    as long as they eat the meat there is no problem. o yea dont forger to give the state gov. money for license to kill and eat god's deer.
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      by GV on Oct 27, 2011 at 07:08 AM in reply to deer is 100 times better than meat out the store.
      No matter how much money you give the state,you still can't ride around at night on other people's property and shoot deer,stupid.It is a problem whether they eat the meat or not.Do you want someone shooting at deer in the middle of the night in your backyard?
  • by hope the deer make acomeback Location: fl on Oct 26, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    poor deer they are on the endangered list you kno.
  • by Really? on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    I suppose we are expected to be thankful they weren't playing a video game where shooting people was involved.
  • by Hank on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    I agree with Jason, jail'em and don't bail'em. Let them pay for their actions. IT's hard enough to keep the libs off our (hunters) backs. It's the unethical people or wanna be hunters that make it bad for the hunters that are actually hunting by the law and ethically. To all hunters, there is no need for this type of behavior or to parade your kill on top of your dog or tool box. Kill it, take it home and skin it and then eat it. Nough said! God Bless America!
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      by One Shot,One Kill on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to Hank
      I couldn't agree more Hank. I've got anywhere from five to ten nice Bucks showing up on my trail cam everyday but i don't bow hunt so until gun season they will be left alone and even then what i need will be taken responsibly. Idiots don't understand seasons are placed on game for a reason. Ethical hunters are also taught to respect nature as i was. It's apparent these kids lack a good up-bringing.
  • by holy smoke on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Such very fine individuals. I hope they all get jail time. Idiots....
  • by Robert Location: US on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Unfortunately this is part of the "new breed" of "hunter" - this bunch is all around 19 - 21 years old. No respect for the resource they "hunt", no respect for wildlife ecology, no respect for landowner rights, no respect for agricultural interests, no respect for the law, no respect for the rest of the human population. Hope they are hit with serious prison time and heavy fines. they should also lose their right to own/possess a firearm.
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