New Charges Against Spook Spann

By Mark HuelsingAugust 9, 20139 Comments

LAST UPDATED: May 1st, 2015

The bad news continues for William Spann, otherwise known by his moniker, “Spook” Spann.  Last year Spann plead guilty to wildlife violations regarding a deer that he unlawfully killed in Kansas, and then transported across state lines to his home state of Tennessee.  Now he’s facing punishment, including jail time, for new charges.

Spann’s initial violations occurred in Kansas, in 2007, when he illegally killed a non-typical buck that grossed around 230” on the Pope & Young scoring system.  The deer was shot during the Kansas archery season, with legal equipment and during legal hours, but the tag that Spook was hunting on was only valid for land that Spann owned or leased for agricultural use, and was invalid for the property that Spann leased to hunt.  Spann then transported the illegal harvest across state lines, therefore violating the Lacey Act.

Spann plead guilty to the charges in November of 2012 as was ordered to pay around $20,000.  He was also banned from hunting in Kansas for one full year, in addition to being banned from hunting anywhere else in the U.S. for six months.


Outdoor hunting figure William “Spook” Spann faces new charges as a result of a current probation violation.

On June 10, the federal probation office in Kansas filed a petition against Spann, stating that he violated his probation by hunting in Tennessee this spring.  The petition went before U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara, who ruled that Spann was indeed in violation of his probation.

There was no direct evidence of Spann hunting himself; however federal game wardens did attain photo and video evidence of Spann dressed in camouflage, carrying hunting equipment, calling game for other hunters, carrying harvested game, and violating Tennessee hunting regulations by illegally baiting turkey.

Spann now faces new punishment for violating the terms of his probation, which has now been extended to February of 2016.  In addition, Spann must spend 30 days in jail before February 28, 2014.  Spann has also been banned from hunting anywhere in the world until August 1, 2014.

Mark Huelsing
I am a husband to one very patient and understanding woman, a father to two amazing kids, a hunter, an explorer, a wanderer, a thinker and a writer. You can follow Mark's adventures at soleadventure.com
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