Hunter Shoots Robotic Deer In Neck (That’s Illegal)

Hunters must hunt. It’s in their blood, their genes, their very soul.

Sometimes, though, the blood rushes to their heads, their genes twitch with abandon, and their souls are uplifted by the thought of the kill.

There’s a season of goodkill, though.

It’s one that some hunters occasionally disregard. Take the tale of Brett Russel Thompson of Myakka City, Fla., who allegedly espied a deer by the roadside and thought: “Aha, please don’t move.”

As the Miami Herald reports, police say Thomson told them — after they had taken his tail into custody — that he knew it wasn’t hunting season.

It moves. Really.

It moves. Really.

The temptation, though, had allegedly proved too much.

Thompson allegedly scored a direct hit to the neck. However, he may have felt a pain in the same area when, instead of falling, the deer merely clanged.

This, you see, was a robotic deer, placed there precisely to tempt and fool passing enthusiasts.

The police report attempted to shoot down any suggestion of legality: “He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle. He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has been using these robotic deer for some 20 years.

FWC Officer Jeffrey Babauta told the Herald: “It’s a great detail and it has been a great tool for FWC to deter bad hunting practices. It does help. Once word gets out that there is a fake deer out there, it deters the bad hunting.”

The accused bad hunter has been charged with taking deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a roadway, and taking deer from a right-of-way.

As it turned out, this was not a case of venison, vidi, vici.



Image: MonsterOutdoors/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk