William "Spook" Span Pleads Guilty to Game Violation.

Posted by: Bow Staff on Dec 6, 2012

William "Spook" Spann, the host of “Spook Nation TV”, which appears on the Pursuit channel, recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to illegally killing a trophy whitetail deer in the state back in 2007. Mr. Spann, 50, of Dickson, Tenn., admitted that he killed the whitetail buck with archery equipment on land located in Stafford County. However, the land was owned by another person. Spook’s hunting permit required that he only hunt on property that he owned. Spann was also charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. with illegal transportation the deer from Kansas to Tennessee; which is a violation of the Lacey Act. Upon killing the deer, Spann has promoted it as the largest whitetail buck ever taken on video. The buck in question gross-scored near 230 Pope & Young points, with a net of about 224 inches. Sentencing for Spook Span is set for Feb. 28.


What are your thoughts on this latest “hunting celebrity charged” story? Was it a case of mistaken tags? Is the whole truth being told? Is this just another example of someone breaking game laws in order to kill a trophy whitetail? Share your feelings.

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12 Comments on "William "Spook" Span Pleads Guilty to Game Violation."

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He knowingly commited the crime, guilty as charged!
Posted by Steve on 12/6/2012 12:42:40 AM
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Just another idiot who knowingly broke the law for big antlers. They didn't say so but if they do not confiscate the mount they are showing favoritism toward this person. furthermore who the hell is named spook?
Posted by Todd on 12/6/2012 9:38:37 PM
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Entitlement and ego...he thought just because he has a camera and a tv show he was entitled to go where he pleased and do as he wished. He should have his hunting privileges revoked for life and sentenced to go to all major hunting expos and speak on the matter of poaching and obeying the law. The downfall of hunting as we know it will be due to anyone being able to get a camera, film a hunt, and call themselves a 'professional'. There are too many hunting shows on tv, and some of the practices in these shows are a disgrace to ethical hunting. The popularity of these shows is causing ground in smaller rural areas to bought up by 'outfitters' in order to exploit these small 'outfitters'. This in turn causes more of the so called 'professionals' to book with these 'outfitters', which leads to more ground acquisition forcing the average hunter like to smaller and smaller and eventually worthless parcels of hunting ground. Commercialization of the sport of will be the death of hunting to a
Posted by Scott on 12/7/2012 9:20:33 AM
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spank spook
Posted by big lou on 12/7/2012 1:10:56 PM
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If Bill "Spook" Span pled guilty of the crime then there's no room to ask "was this a case of mistaken tag errors and such and the guilty plea would never have been entered. Obviously he's going down as one large disappointment to Sportspersons in general and to the pro hunting community as well. The Pursuit Channel will very likely drop the show ( if they have an once of sense) and step back from the backlash. Too bad he turns out to be no better than the lead slinging poachers he complained on for so long. He should be ashamed of himself at the very LEAST !
Posted by Bill Monroe on 12/7/2012 1:36:38 PM
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This clearly is a report of a poacher. Nothing like filming your crimes. Just because he has a show doesn't make laws any less for him than you and I. In fact ought to make him pay a huge fine for such a beautiful animal and taking hunting privileges away for life. I am not against hunting just the ones that feel they are above the law.
Posted by Allan on 12/7/2012 3:15:29 PM
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This is just another poacher giving hunters a bad name which is a shame because its an awesome buck. I live in SE Oklahoma where if anybody knows the story a few years back a guy poached the "BP buck". I undetstand wanting to take a big monster buck but be legal about it so you can actually enjoy it.
Posted by dc on 12/7/2012 3:51:47 PM
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it should be like it was 30 yr a go u stop and ask to hunt most would let u but now ooo no thats leased . i would like to meet the first dumb a-s that ever paid to hunt . theve ruined it for the small hunter that dosent have $$$ to spend on land to hunt on
Posted by ray from K S on 12/7/2012 5:11:41 PM
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You know its kinda funny. Spook hosted the Monster Buck Classic in Kansas, January of this year. Were the biggest buck of the show and possibly new state record, was poached. And it ended up that it was poached. Shot with a 9mm by spotlight. And spook was just as wrong as that guy that poached the deer. That was the big deal about him being there. The biggest buck on film. Cant tell you how disappointed I am to find out about this. I am a nobody hunter. I try my very best to do thing by the book. And its hard to make sure that all your bases are covered. But to knowingly do something like this and then tout it as a means to gain publicity. NOT COOL!!!
Posted by Dan Tyler on 12/7/2012 7:48:10 PM
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Posted by Bob on 12/7/2012 11:05:08 PM
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The boys on MWT think he is a dill weed, I think he's a horn worshiping piece of trash. All this. If buck stigma is retarded! And so is its biggest follower, ol 20 feet low! Bbbbwwwwaaaahhhhhh! Howdy girls!
Posted by Chad on 12/8/2012 4:01:34 PM
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I've watched his hunt on this great whitetail time and time again, and its a great hunt, great footage. However, the deer was taken illegally and at least Mr. Span admitted his guilt and will suffer the consequences for his actions. An apology or explanation by Mr. Span would, I think bring some closure or understanding. This situation shows the great importance that no one is above the law and respecting landowner's rights as a sportsmen is paramount to improving perception of hunters.Period. Frankly, shame on Mr.Span for portraying a great kill as a clean one, and reaping the rewards of harvsting a world class trophy. It made him look like a world class jackass.
Posted by Brad on 12/30/2012 9:52:57 AM

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