By Jake Jones
The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) announced that a Nelson County, Kentucky man is facing multiple wildlife violations in an ongoing investigation by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Kevin Barnette, 43, of Bardstown, is facing 88 counts of illegally taking or, possessing deer or their antlers. Eighty-five of the charges are related to possessing illegal antlers which were apparently victims of his poaching efforts.
He also is charged with one count of killing over the limit of antlered deer during the current deer season.
KDFWR says that each charge carries maximum possible penalty of a $1,000 fine, loss of seized firearms and deer, and loss of hunting privileges for three years.
Conservation Officers Steve Nelson, Jeffrey Jewell, Brandon Boone and Sgt. David Kuhn responded on Dec. 4 to a complaint by a concerned citizen that Barnette had taken an antlered deer, disposed of the carcass and then took a second buck on the following day.
The officers served two summonses on Barnette, charging him with taking deer over the limit, failure to log the deer and failure to Telecheck. The second summons charged him with illegally possessing another deer. More....