Kansas Man Accused, Labeled Deer Poacher
Kansas man accused of poaching deer that would have broken state record
Kansas Deer Poacher – According to a report from The Wichita Eagle, “Charges have been filed against a Topeka man, accused of poaching a deer that could have broken a state record that has stood for more than 35 years, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.”
David Kent was charged in Osage County Court in connection with the Nov. 11 shooting of a 14-point whitetail buck, Wildlife and Parks information officer Mike Miller said Thursday.
Charges include hunting with an artificial light, hunting during a closed season, illegal hunting from a vehicle and the use of an illegal caliber for deer hunting.
The buck has been unofficially scored at 198 7/8 inches of antler on the Boone & Crockett system.
The deer was measured by an official scorer, but hadn’t met the requirement for a waiting period of at least 60 days after the kill to make the score official.
The state record for a typical whitetail deer shot with a gun is 198 2/8 by Dennis Finger in Nemaha County in 1974.
Charges against Kent were filed Feb. 1, and Kent was served court documents on Monday, Miller said.
Kent brought the antlers to public attention at the well-attended Monster Buck Classic last month in Topeka, where he said he had killed the deer in northeast Kansas.