By Mike Organ
The court date is Friday for a Hendersonville man who turned himself in to state wildlife authorities and confessed to shooting a deer out of season at night in a populated area.
Justin Mundy, 30, will answer the charges in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency charged Mundy on Oct. 31 with using the headlights on his truck to spotlight the 15-point buck, shooting from a public road (Center Point), shooting from a motor vehicle and hunting deer illegally because gun hunting season had not yet opened.
"He had been watching the deer for a couple of years, and he obviously was looking for it because it was a dead end street," said Todd Allen, a TWRA officer in Sumner County. "He was on the road and saw the deer. He left the area for a minute, went down the road and got his gun out of the backseat of his truck and drove back down there and located the deer with the headlights of his truck and shot the deer."
Allen said Mundy killed the deer at approximately 8:30 p.m. and then left the scene because the sound of the shot might have drawn attention.
"He came back a couple of hours later, but it was so dark by then and really foggy that night that he couldn't find the deer," Allen said. "He probably walked within 10 feet of it and never knew it."
Allen will be in court Friday to testify.
Allen said Mundy returned the following morning and located the deer. While Mundy was standing next to the deer, Hendersonville police officer Jamie Fentress drove by and spotted him and the deer.
Fentress did not know that Mundy had killed the deer the night before but recorded the tag on Mundy's truck and notified Allen.
Allen, meanwhile, was already in the process of watching video surveillance cameras from the businesses on Center Point Road from the night before.
"He worked at one of those businesses, and he pulled his truck right in front of the video camera of his place of work when he got his gun," Allen said. "He knew what was on the video camera so he turned himself in."
Allen said Mundy expressed remorse after surrendering.
"I believe he is generally sorry for what he did," Allen said.
Allen said he would ask the judge to declare Mundy's .308 Model 700 Remington rifle contraband, that his hunting privileges be revoked for one year and that he be required to pay $200 in retribution for the deer.
He also will ask that Mundy be required to pay all court costs.