posted on March 26, 2012 07:02
Kansas newspapers are reporting that the man facing eight charges in connection with the alleged poaching of a potential state-record whitetail will have his day in Osage County District Court on March 29.
David V. Kent of Topeka was charged Feb. 1 with criminal discharge of a firearm, criminal hunting, hunting with an artificial light, hunting outside legal hours, hunting during a closed season, using an illegal caliber, hunting from a vehicle and without a valid deer permit. His trial was originally scheduled for March 1, but the judge granted a continuance.
Kent brought a 14-point rack to Topeka's inaugural Monster Buck Classic in late January to enter it in the show's big buck contest. He said he shot the deer with a rifle on Dec. 2 in Nemaha County.
Measurers with both Boone and Crockett and Buckmasters' Wayne Cox scored the rack, which was poised to be crowned the show's typical "king." By the B&C yardstick, the antlers' green score exceeded the current state-record Typical's score of 198 2/8 inches by 5/8 inch. The official BTR tally is 191 5/8 (with a composite score of 206 4/8), high enough not only to make it a state record, but also runner-up to the world record in our perfect/rifle category.
Authorities became suspicious when another man produced a trail camera photograph of the distinctive buck via his cell phone. The photo was taken in Osage County, about 80 miles from Nemaha. The headless carcass of a large buck had also been found near the property where the image was triggered.
Prior to his arrest, when asked by a BTR measurer if he'd taken the deer by illegal means, a jittery Kent said no. But he allegedly confessed when cornered by officers with the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks, who had already seized the antlers.
The KDWP contends the animal was poached in Osage County on the night of Nov. 11.
The poaching charges connected to this buck were enough to set tongues wagging throughout Kansas. And it wasn't long before newspaper reporters connected that dot to another, far more notorious case from 2007 to which Kent was tied.
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