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By Mike Handley

Kansan Accused of Poaching Heading to CourtKansas 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.

The Wichita Eagle, among other outlets, has reported that David Kent was riding in the vehicle when his brother, Thomas Kent, fired a rifle shot into a field of goose decoys and killed 18-year-old Beau Arndt in Lyon County on Dec. 15 that year. The victim had been hunting.

David testified, but he was not charged in the incident. His brother was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other crimes and was imprisoned until November 2010.

If David Kent pleads guilty or is otherwise convicted of poaching the enormous deer, the antlers will remain in the custody of the KDWP and will be ineligible for the No. 1 spot in their B&C-based rankings.

Regardless of the trial's outcome, the rack will keep its ranking with us. The only question is who will be listed as owner, Kent (if he shot the deer legally) or the KDWP.

Jack Childress Scott Dover Steve Hill Scott Philp David Starr Glenn Evans BTR

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Michael Nance
# Michael Nance
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:25 AM
It's guys like this that make the rest of us hunters look bad and provide ammunition to the left wing whom want to take this wonderful sport away. I had never heard Beau Arndt prior to this article; pretty sad deal.
# Dono
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:36 AM
Agree, unethical hunters are ruining the sport. What worries me is that my son will not have the chance to experience this wonderful sport like I did as a kid because of guys like this. Even worse, this coming year that buck could have been a contender for a World Record to be harvested from the Midwest. Guess we will never know, I hope he is nailed to the wall and does good time. Fact that he was connected to a manslaughter case shows what kind of person they are dealing with.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:57 AM
iI remember a similar case while serving in the Army in Texas back in the 1990's. I resident of Texas shot a decoy from his vehicle and game wardens were waiting in nearby bushes for such an incident. He lost his rifle, his vehicle and his hunting privleges for life in that state. I hope this individual gets the same if not jail time. this behavior is pathetic, and sad for the rest of us.
Scott Bunton
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:07 AM
It is a shame that a deer of this magnitude was allegedly killed illegally. How can any ethical hunter claim such a trophy of a white tail and brag about it.
An animal of this magnitude ( almost better than Milo Hanson's buck) should have the ability to die of natural causes, rather than be killed at night. What a shame this animal survived to live long enough to sport such a record rack and then have some nonethical hunter kill him at night. If this is true, the hunter should serve jail time and never be allowed to hunt again as I hope his brother has lost his hunting privlages forever also. This guy has robbed every ethical hunter in the area that it was killed the ability to take a remarkable deer of this magnitude. His charges should also be for armed robbery!
# ET
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:33 AM
I couldn't agree more with the first two comments. It's guys like this who add ammo to the anti-hunters and anti-gunners weaponry. You would think that after being connected to a manslaughter case involving illegal "hunting" methods this guy would have had better sense than to try it again. The KDWP needs to make this guy a public example and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, especially in light of his previous encounter with them which proves he has no regard for law or life. The KDWP will do a great disservice to the hunting community if they don't.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:51 AM
I agree this was an unethical act and hate to c a giant killed that way a loss of hunting privaleges and a big fine fit the crime with the overcrowding in prisons i would hate to c a murderer rapist or pedophile let out to make room for a guy that shot a deer illegally. Just my 2 cents
jimmy vickers
# jimmy vickers
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:05 PM
jimmy vickers
# jimmy vickers
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:08 PM
Robert Keillor
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:08 PM
We have had some real idiots out here in california do the same thing. It's a sad thing to happen to such a awesome buck. People like this have no place on this earth for them. The judge should give him 1 year for every point that buck had and them some. These type of people are the ones who wreck it for us true sportsman . Someone could of had a chance to harvest that deer of a life time but this looser of a man didn't care what he did. Then have the nerve to take it to a big buck contest !! wow he needs to be dealt the maxium sentence ALLOWED . Robert Keillor jr
pete chesbro
# pete chesbro
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:47 PM
its a shame that no one has the chance to harvest this new record,a
truly monster because of an idiot
Chuck Roast
# Chuck Roast
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:59 PM
This is bad. Shooting into a spread of decoys and killing a young person, and getting out of jail in three years? And the brother allegedly (admittedly according to the article) poaching that big buck?
Small wonder I and my son can't afford to hunt any more.
Landowners are not wanting any part of sportsman any more unless they have huge, deep pockets enough to pay over 10K to kill two hundred bucks worth of meat.
Mitch Hunter
# Mitch Hunter
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:57 PM
As a Kansan by birth ( since transplanted to Oklahoma) and a life-long hunter; this is the kind of mess that gives all a black eye as well as fodder for the Animal rights' and anti-gun crowds . The judge better throw the key away; this guy needs to never see the light of day.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:34 PM
Ok fellow Americans! Let's loosen the rope around his neck for a bit ok! Remember fellow Americans, your innocent until proven guilty in this country, right! After he's found guilty, Let's hope the MAX is dished out, he's made an obvious example of and stripped forever from hunting anywhere in our great UNITED STATES! For now, quit playing cowboys and Indians and lets see what happens...thank you, fellow Americans!
# Jerrod
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:46 PM
Unfortunately if found guilty he won't get the discipline that he deserves. Out by my inlaws there were 5 guys caught with 16 mule deer taken illegally and as far as I could tell 4 of them pretty much got off Scott free only having to bail out of jail. Google Decatur county deer poaching for the articles if any one finds out any details about either of these cases please post where.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:39 PM
Until his court date and trial, this man shouldn't be labled a Hunter, as all he is is a poacher.. criminal..moron.. For being still able to carry a weapon, well whom do we blame?? By his actions, he is anything but a sportsman.. and shouldn't be associated with the true hunters of the country.. I hope he has a speedy trial and real punishment..
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:45 PM
This joker ain't no hunter,he is a sorry excuse for a human bein.This is just what gives us hardcore honest hunters a bad name.I hope they convict him and take his huntin priveliges away for life.
# Dave
Friday, March 30, 2012 11:49 AM
These kind of 'TRASHY' people should NEVER be refered to as "hunter"! They are criminals and pathetic! The fact that even the titles of the charges refer to his actions as "hunting", is a disgrace to everyone of us that purchased a hunting license, hunted in the right season with the right weapon and stayed on our property!!!!! The fact that this jack wagon was involved in the killing of an 18 year old as a result of his brother shooting out the window of the truck at goose hunters (brains really don't run in this family, apparently) and he was still allowed to own a firearm, is rediculous in itself!!! Please Post these comments where this low life can read them.

Thanks for letting me express!

Very Disgusted
# Shelly
Friday, March 30, 2012 2:23 PM
This guy, and his equally worthless brother, need to just go away for a really long time. Its not like it would do any good to take licenses away or deny them ever the right to hunt...they don't do it legally anyway. I did know Beau Arndt...Beau came from a great family and was an avid hunter and well respected. It was sad when his passing happened...he hadn't even had a chance to grow up and have a life. This guy, and his brother, never deserve the right to be called hunters. They are illegal criminals, murders, poachers, losers....I hope someday when they both have to face the "Big Man" upstairs they both get what they deserve...since our judicial system won't give it to him. are missed every day! We are so happy that the Beau Arndt Love of the Outdoors Scholarship was established in your name....
# Gary
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:16 PM
These are all tragedies. I have lost my interest for deer and turkey hunting all together in MA, CT area. If you're on state land people are stealing, damaging tree stands (hunters unknowing still using at before sun up) in a fashion where you could get killed. There are no ethics or morals anymore. They will go through hell and high water to cut your cable locks, steal your stuff or set up 30 yards from your stand. We have what I call stand hunters here. These are the idiots (can’t hunt) that can't figure out how to set up and find deer so they look for tree stands and set up within bow shooting distance of your stand.
Turkey hunting: Every single time I go hunting I have hunters that come right to my calls (sometimes crawling-good way to get shot). No respect or ethics at all. Today’s hunters figure if I’m not going to get anything, neither are you. The sport I was most passionate since childhood is almost totally gone. Can't wait to move out of the Northeast. An idiot shooting a deer illegally is one thing, but altering a person’s tree stand where they could get killed is far worse in my opinion. I can’t believe more people haven’t been hurt here. For all the hunters reading this that fall into this category, find another hobby. If you can’t afford the sport go walking and stop stealing and ruining other's passions. I believe in Karma.
For the anti hunters: Don't come looking for us (honest, ehtical hunters) to hunt deer on your land when your children or immediate family member gets Lyme disease from deer ticks, due to over population. You'll be too busy taking care of your sick ones anyway; possibly for years to come. I seen it happen. My condolances go out for the youngsters family/friends that was shot while duck hunting with decoys.
# Cuda360
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:45 AM
As the landowner where the deer was shot shouldn't I have a right to the antlers.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:05 PM
being the landowner i beleive you should receive the antlers T.T.
# ggtredes
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:24 AM
Thanks for this useful post - I appreciate your work ! Keep on writing.

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