Serious hunters don’t have much patience for poachers. There are rules that govern how we hunt, and following those regulations are simply part of the process. One recent poaching caught the attention of local authorities, and the man who pulled the trigger has just found out about another aspect of poaching: the consequences for those who pull the triggers.
John Drinnon of Whitesboro, Texas, will spend every weekend of the next five hunting seasons behind bars. He’ll also have to cough up more than $18,000 in restitution. The sentence was handed down this week, after Drinnon pleaded guilty in October to illegally shooting a whitetail buck.
Here’s the story from KVUE News. “Drinnon must report to the Grayson County Jail each weekend of deer season, beginning Dec. 30, 2017, for five years – the full term of his deferred judgment period. He is also prohibited from purchasing a hunting license while on probation.”
Drinnon claimed he had shot the deer in Oklahoma. He had not. He shot the deer from the side of a road in county in Texas that only allows trophy whitetail hunting with bows.
Buckmanager.com wrote about the incident. “Rumors spread like wildfire after photos of a huge 19-point buck surfaced. Game wardens received information suggesting the hunter’s story didn’t add up. On Dec. 16, 2016, the man who killed the big buck, John Walker Drinnon […] told game wardens that he killed the 19-pointer on public hunting land in Oklahoma. The wardens had obtained a game camera image of the deer in question, photographed on public hunting land on the Texas side of Lake Texoma, which contradicted Drinnon’s claim.”
“Working with their counterparts in Oklahoma and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents to build a case, game wardens eventually obtained a confession from Drinnon that he had killed the buck in Grayson County from a public roadway with a rifle. Charges were filed against Drinnon for taking a deer without landowner consent (a state jail felony), hunting without landowner consent and hunting from a vehicle (Class A misdemeanors). Drinnon was also issued citations for no hunting license, hunting from the public roadway, no hunter education, and illegal means and methods.”
The images of the deer captured on the game cam sealed his fate. Now, he’ll have five long years to think about impulse control.