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.