Two Charged With Hunting Violations

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Two men were charged with illegal hunting activities on Oct. 21 following an incident on Marshall Creek Road in Auburntown.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Mark Vance charged Drew Evin Henley, 804 Fites Lane, with Hunting Without a License and Hunting With an Illegal Weapon (rifle during bow season).

Officer Vance also charged Randy Lee Tombs, 115 Odom Lane, Woodbury, with Bow Hunting While Accompanied by a Person Carrying a Firearm.

According to the citation, Tombs had been hunting deer with a bow north of Marshall Creek Rd. Tombs was accompanied by Henley, who had in his possession a rifle, for the stated purpose of coyote hunting. It is a violation of T.C.A. 70-4-123 to be accompanied by a person carrying a firearm while deer hunting during the archery-only portion of the deer season.

It is also a violation of state law to hunt coyotes during the archery-only portion of the deer season.

Initial court date for both men is Dec. 6.

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November 22, 2011 at 7:16pm
As I understand the regs, coyotes can be hunted during deer archery season with a bow, shotgun, or rimfire rifle. TTT
November 25, 2011 at 2:45am
From what I can read in TCA code this should be thrown out in court. There should be no question. The only statute I can find against TCA code is this:

"Possession of firearms prohibited while
chasing coyote, fox, and bobcat with
dogs from the first Saturday in November through the end of the deer season."

No dogs present should preclude that..

Coyotes are able to be hunted year round , unless I am mistaken. I'll check into that.
We have an abundance of them in this area.

Lord knows they have had fun in my chickens.

I wish more PEOPLE would hunt them with any means and kill them all. It would save ALOT of our livestock. If the TWA cannot appreciate that then maybe we need new TWA agents.
November 26, 2011 at 7:54pm
I suspect that the article did not contain "all" of the relevant information, such as ..... if the rifle in this matter was a "center-fire" (which if so, would be a proper violation during the Archery Only segment). Hunting coyotes with any weapon, does require a hunting license. They are plentiful and are consuming a lot of game and livestock. So ...lets get them legally.

While both men are presumed innocent until proven guilty, I presume as well, that TWRA Officer Mark Vance is knowledgeable in all aspects of Wildlife Regulations and Enforcement.

We'll all have to stay tuned......and learn the rest of the story.
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