AL: Eight Baldwin County teens charged with hunting violations
Eight Baldwin County teens charged with hunting violations
January 22, 2011
SPANISH FORT, Alabama -- Eight teenagers — five over the age of 18 and
considered adults — are facing hunting-related charges that they shot deer
from Jimmy Faulkner Boulevard in Spanish Fort just before midnight on Jan.
According to Baldwin County court records, Andrew L. Dunnam and Branden
Durant Gay, both of Daphne; Gerald B. McKenna and Michael P. Johnson, both
of Bay Minette; and Brittney Scott of Spanish Fort were charged with one
count each of hunting after dark and hunting from a public road. All five
Victor Calhoun, Staff photographerSpanish Fort police Chief David Edgar
said there isn't a deer alive, no matter the size of its rack or how bad you
need the meat, worth the potentially bad consequences of shooting a
high-powered rifle near houses day or night.
The fine for hunting deer at night is $2,000 to $3,000, up to six months
in jail and a three-year revocation of hunting privileges. A conviction for
hunting from a public road charge could result in a $1,000 fine on the first
offense, $2,000 for the second offense and a one-year loss of hunting
privileges, said District 5 chief conservation enforcement officer Capt.
A .30-30 caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun were confiscated as part of
the investigation, said Clem Parnell, one of the arresting conservation
The 18-year-olds, who were allowed to leave the scene under $2,000
appearance bonds on each charge, are due in District Judge Jody Bishop’s
court on Feb. 28, according to records.
The three juveniles, who were released to their parents’ custody that
night, were charged with the same two offenses, Parnell said, though fines
in those cases will likely be reduced in Juvenile Court if those involved
are first-time offenders.
Parnell said he and fellow conservation officer Thad Holmes were working
a night-hunting detail near Bay Minette when they received a call from the
Spanish Fort Police Department at about 11 p.m. that “people were riding up
and down Jimmy Faulkner Boulevard shooting deer.”
While driving to the scene, Parnell said they also talked to a resident
of the Stone Brook subdivision who reported seeing someone shoot a deer that
ran into the woods.
Parnell said Spanish Fort police Sgt. Steve McGough blocked the road near
David’s Catfish House restaurant while Holmes and he traveled south from
Apparently, Parnell said, an off-duty Spanish Fort officer lives in Stone
Brook and heard the shot. Parnell said the officer left his home in an
attempt to locate the shooters and later assisted McGough.
While checking vehicles exiting the road, Parnell said McGough noticed a
rifle in an SUV with four or five teenagers inside. Parnell said that within
a short period of time, the teens became nervous and indicated they’d been
They also revealed that three others who had been traveling in a second
vehicle were still in the woods looking for a wounded deer. After a cell
phone call was placed to one of them, they were persuaded to come out to the
road where they were picked up at about 11:45.
“Basically, we told them ‘it’s time to come out or we’re coming in to get
you,’” Parnell said. “They were ready to come out. It’s thick and nasty in
there where they were and they only had small lights.”
Parnell said Holmes and he later tracked the wounded doe for more than an
hour before the animal finally quit bleeding. He said she likely survived.
“Night hunting’s been an ongoing problem there, but this is the first
time we lucked up and caught them,” he said. “We couldn’t have done it
without the help of the Spanish Fort Police Department.”
Parnell said he doesn’t know what prompted the incident. There was no
evidence that alcohol was involved, he said.
Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar said Friday that shooting deer near
residential areas isn’t worth the consequences.
“Shooting a high-powered rifle around houses any time presents a serious
public-safety concern, let alone doing it at night,” he said. “There’s not a
deer out there worth a bullet going through a window and striking an
innocent person in their home. I don’t care how big the rack is or how bad
you need the meat, it’s not worth it.”.
Return to Hunting Accident Index
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.