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TN - Drunken Hunters Charged with Crimes

Three Men Charged with Alcohol and Hunting Crimes

A night of apparent fun ended up with a trip to jail for three men.

Two men, Matthew Aplin and James Nordyke were stopped December 27th in Chattanooga. An affidavit says police found a blood covered handgun and parts of a dead deer in Aplin's truck. The men appeared to be drunk. Wildlife officer Matt Majors says the men and another friend Michael Hennen then illegally hunted the animal on property in Sale Creek.

They face a slew of crimes. Aplin was charged with DUI and all three face hunting violations such as hunting and killing after dark and using lights and a truck to hunt. Majors says their bad decisions put lots of folks in danger.

"Sometimes when hunters go out and violate hunting laws it can give all sportsmen a bad name which is what we're trying to curtail," Majors said.

All three men were in court today. Aplin and Nordyke's cases were passed to May 1st. Michael Hennen plead guilty to two charges; he was fined $750 and given seven months of probation.

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