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Old 01-25-2018, 10:47 PM   #101
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Sparkles thank you for clarifying the facts. First shot High shoulder, again NOT mortally wounded, and on neighbors land. Definitely adds a different perspective. Almost surprised he did not catch the spine in the first shot and the buck pile up right there, if the white spot is the actual hit.
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I shot a deer in almost the exact spot in 2016. He was fine, and I actually let him go this year he was broke up when I saw him, his rack was actually a little better. So yeah, not a fatal hit at all.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:57 PM   #102
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Oh and even though Iíve read at least 4 threads about this Iím finally starting to get the picture of what happened. I wouldnít be too hard on those who defended him. If someone is willing to poach like this lying to your friends doesnít seem like that big of a stretch to me. But I donít know the man. He is getting lot of press now. Just saw this in Facebook too.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:01 PM   #103
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Oh and even though Iíve read at least 4 threads about this Iím finally starting to get the picture of what happened. I wouldnít be too hard on those who defended him. If someone is willing to poach like this lying to your friends doesnít seem like that big of a stretch to me. But I donít know the man. He is getting lot of press now. Just saw this in Facebook too.
Unfortunately, that seems to be the case. Hunting in land he didnít have permission, hunting after dark...has done the same thing in the past....bad deal
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:02 PM   #104
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Hey dude, I thought you said you were buying a new F250?

No, I have to buy a deer.

I thought you said you didn't hunt high fence, only free range?

Long story bro.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:08 PM   #105
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Now...where o where are all those incredulous folks that defended his christian ethics & the higher path he walks??baahahahaa

Helluva christian & lil ironic his social media has been crickets since it all went down....that is until a few hours ago!!! &...wait there's more....with family pic & a bow in his hands no less

the past attempts here to protect a criminal is just as sickening! Ohhh the hypocrisy!!

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Old 01-25-2018, 11:15 PM   #106
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Iím curious how this deer avoided so many hunters that I am sure were after him for the last few years. Such a Magnificent Buck and I hate to see him go out this way.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:19 PM   #107
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Iím curious how this deer avoided so many hunters that I am sure were after him for the last few years. Such a Magnificent Buck and I hate to see him go out this way.


Easy...they didn't sit in the dark in a blind after hourswonder if he had his bible wit'm, carving out that higher path??? Too bad they didn't make'm eat the meat he ****** away

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Old 01-25-2018, 11:19 PM   #108
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Iím curious how this deer avoided so many hunters that I am sure were after him for the last few years. Such a Magnificent Buck and I hate to see him go out this way.
He lived in a unique place were he had lots of private and public land to roam on where deer hunting was not allowed. Little did he know, not everybody was following the rules.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:20 PM   #109
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Hey dude, I thought you said you were buying a new F250?

No, I have to buy a deer.

I thought you said you didn't hunt high fence, only free range?

Long story bro.
Ha! Nice!
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:49 PM   #110
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Now...where o where are all those incredulous folks that defended his christian ethics & the higher path he walks??baahahahaa

Helluva christian & lil ironic his social media has been crickets since it all went down....that is until a few hours ago!!! &...wait there's more....with family pic & a bow in his hands no less

the past attempts here to protect a criminal is just as sickening! Ohhh the hypocrisy!!
Soooooo...the guys who believed him, are somehow now to blame for defending him? Good grief, that's insane. I don't blame a single person who stood for him and aren't commenting. Drop Dead Fred came on the other day and said he was standing by his friend in the midst of this stuff, and caught pure h e double L from some people. Yet folks don't get why Travis's defenders aren't here to deal with that same ridicule. Some of them are probably ticked off after hearing the details that have been unveiled. But to mock those who chose to believe his story and stand up for him back in October, and I'm gonna guess they stood because they wouldn't lie in the same circumstance and figured their friend wouldn't either, to ridicule them for not coming into these threads for any reason is not shocking at all. So the guy was found guilty...some of the people I've seen on the threads who have been downright jackholes are worse in my opinion. At least there are some folks who can voice their displeasure and anger over the deer being killed the way it was, with a little decency. Unlike others who have shown that they lack class by kicking the crap out of a man who has embarrassed himself, his family, and the hunting community by betraying us all.

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Old 01-26-2018, 12:03 AM   #111
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Soooooo...the guys who believed him, are somehow now to blame for defending him? Good grief, that's insane. I don't blame a single person who stood for him and aren't commenting. Drop Dead Fred came on the other day and said he was standing by his friend in the midst of this stuff, and caught pure h e double L from some people. Yet folks don't get why Travis's defenders aren't here to deal with that same ridicule. Some of them are probably ticked off after hearing the details that have been unveiled. But to mock those who chose to believe his story and stand up for him back in October, and I'm gonna guess they stood because they wouldn't lie in the same circumstance and figured their friend wouldn't either, to ridicule them for not coming into these threads for any reason is not shocking at all. So the guy was found guilty...some of the people I've seen on the threads who have been downright jackholes are worse in my opinion. At least there are some folks who can voice their displeasure and anger over the deer being killed the way it was, with a little decency. Unlike others who have shown that they lack class by kicking the crap out of a man who has embarrassed himself, his family, and the hunting community by betraying us all.
Well said. His friends that defended him where lied to as well. They owe us nothing. They were just being true friends.
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:05 AM   #112
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Well said. His friends that defended him where lied to as well. They owe us nothing. They were just being true friends.
Exactly!
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:15 AM   #113
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Nice to read the real story finally and glad it came to a quick ending so everyone can move on.

As for the defenders, it wasn't the fact that they defended him and stood by him. It was the aggressive and flat out rude attacks on anyone who had any kind of doubt that really rubbed everyone the wrong way. IMO all those people owe quite a few apologies on here, not for being wrong but for attacking everyone who had common sense and were right.
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:18 AM   #114
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What statement will TRIGGER the Mods to delete this one as well. I'd love an answer as to why they remove these threads. Is it because he was the face of TBH and had a TBH logo jacket on and they don't like the negative publicity. I read a lot of posts and people bet the farm on his innocence. Well he's not innocent and he admitted it. I even recall the credibility of this site was bet on his innocence. It's not much of a public forum if post are removed because they don't fit y'alls agenda. Careful who you go to bat for until the facts come out.
I went to bat for Travis also.I assumed the charges were bogus.Obviously at the time he couldn't talk about it.Know what,I'd do it again.He F***** up..No doubt about it.I think mods,and owner of this site think he's been whooped on enough.There's lots of other deer hunting related social media sites that'll whip on him as long as you'd like.

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Old 01-26-2018, 04:49 AM   #115
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:58 AM   #116
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Glad to get He full story and put it together.

Question for the people who say he should have his hunting rights revoked. Does it matter if they are revoked? He obviously did not follow the rules in the first place and just because he does not have a license does not mean he will not shoot deer, he’s already a proven poacher. Kind of like once a liar always a liar. Or once a thief always a thief.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:06 AM   #117
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53k is a lot of restitution. I'm just wondering what they can do to enforce that since it's civil restitution. I don't know that there's anything criminally they could do to him for not paying it, and most people just don't have that kind of money. It'll be interesting to see if he will actually have to pay that much or not.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:44 AM   #118
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Look in the mirror we all are guilty of things we are ashamed of most of us on here have broken game laws some way or another especially if you been hunting 40 year's or so. Most of the time not all the one's that scream the loudest are some of the people who do the same thing.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:56 AM   #119
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think of the endorsement deals this buck could have brought to some one who killed it legally. 20 or so years ago, a guy in ohio borrowed a shot gun from a buddy the night before season opener and killed a 180 or 190 something buck. Next thing you know, He is in camo and esturas call ads. I think I still have a can call with his picture.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:01 AM   #120
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53k is a lot of restitution. I'm just wondering what they can do to enforce that since it's civil restitution. I don't know that there's anything criminally they could do to him for not paying it, and most people just don't have that kind of money. It'll be interesting to see if he will actually have to pay that much or not.


Non payment of court ordered fines can be turned into contempt of court which mean warrant issued for his arrest. They will put him on a payment plan


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Old 01-26-2018, 06:03 AM   #121
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think of the endorsement deals this buck could have brought to some one who killed it legally. 20 or so years ago, a guy in ohio borrowed a shot gun from a buddy the night before season opener and killed a 180 or 190 something buck. Next thing you know, He is in camo and esturas call ads. I think I still have a can call with his picture.

I don't hunt for money or fame, but if some one wants to throw money my way, I'll catch it


Yep. That could have been a life changing deer. Oh wait.


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Old 01-26-2018, 06:08 AM   #122
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Look in the mirror we all are guilty of things we are ashamed of most of us on here have broken game laws some way or another especially if you been hunting 40 year's or so. Most of the time not all the one's that scream the loudest are some of the people who do the same thing.
Not wearing quite enough orange on your person or going 1 bird over your limit is quite a bit different than setting up game cameras, stands and feeders on a property you had no permission to be on. On top of that, you shoot the deer not once at night, but twice as I think I read it. To top it all off, you throw away the carcass so you can take awesome LDP’s, chop the head off for the taxi and KILLED A STATE RECORD BUCK.

Then he tried to get rid of the evidence by deleting memory cards and stated to the game warden he had another deer at he taxi or on his wall that he killed from the same property 2 years prior. Also told the game warden that “if this was a smaller deer, y’all woildnt be doing this.” Typical Criminal excuse maker who feels no guilt for his bad behavior. And if y’all think the man with the same name and date of birth who got busted one county over in 2004 for the SAME OFFENSE is not Travis, then I have some ocean front property in San Angelo to sell you. He’s shown a pattern of poaching behavior, unethical practices and lying.

Like has already been said, those people who defended him need to come on here, man up, and apologize like any respectable man would. Eat your crow and be done with it.

BTW, I have a copy of the arrest affidavit and the Game Warden did a dang good job of investigating this, that report is solid and detailed. Too bad he did it in Denton County, it’s a liberal DA, which is why he didn’t get any jail time, which he should have.

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Old 01-26-2018, 06:08 AM   #123
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Look in the mirror we all are guilty of things we are ashamed of most of us on here have broken game laws some way or another especially if you been hunting 40 year's or so. Most of the time not all the one's that scream the loudest are some of the people who do the same thing.


Iíve never broken a game law...
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:15 AM   #124
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I didn't say all. And what he did was wrong so wrong and we all have lied except cool hand and then it went down hill . U bet if could he wouldn't do it again. You can't hide big deer if they are around they have been seen on a camera.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:25 AM   #125
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I went to bat for Travis also.I assumed the charges were bogus.Obviously at the time he couldn't talk about it.Know what,I'd do it again.He F***** up..No doubt about it.I think mods,and owner of this site think he's been whooped on enough.There's lots of other deer hunting related social media sites that'll whip on him as long as you'd like.

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He deserves all he gets in criticism. I believe he should have gotten a stiffer sentence and had his hunting rights revoked for ALOT longer time. . He knew it was wrong & the number of laws he broke to get it proves it.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:34 AM   #126
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IMO, the person who commits the crimes are sorry, they are sorry they got caught.


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Old 01-26-2018, 06:40 AM   #127
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I know every time I got caught I was sorry.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:43 AM   #128
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That one time I got caught shooting too many dove I was sorry then
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:45 AM   #129
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“if this was a smaller deer, y’all woildnt be doing this.”[/COLOR] Typical Criminal excuse maker who feels no guilt for his bad behavior. And if y’all think the man with the same name and date of birth who got busted one county over in 2004 for the SAME OFFENSE is not Travis, then I have some ocean front property in San Angelo to sell you. He’s shown a pattern of poaching behavior, unethical practices and lying.
This statement is likely accurate. However, if I was interrogating him I would have a something eating grin on my face before he finished the sentence. "Sir, and it is abundantly clear that you would not have committed X number of game violations if it was a (significantly) smaller deer, correct?"

The world is much smaller these days with the internet and social media. Some won't care, but I bet a substantial portion of folks who used his plumbing services are going to look elsewhere. Criminal actions have consequences.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:51 AM   #130
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**** that's a big ole buck.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:55 AM   #131
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So will the eventual outcome years later, after all this blows over just be.. a replica of this magnificent buck hanging on his wall? Bragging about it still being a state record even though he killed ďEast Texas StyleĒ. And laughing about yeah it cost him 53k, but itís on a payment plan, less than his jacked up pickup?? SMH


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Old 01-26-2018, 06:55 AM   #132
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53k is a lot of restitution. I'm just wondering what they can do to enforce that since it's civil restitution. I don't know that there's anything criminally they could do to him for not paying it, and most people just don't have that kind of money. It'll be interesting to see if he will actually have to pay that much or not.
Thatís chump change. Most folks here would spend that to get a couple
more years out of their dog
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:58 AM   #133
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What does that have to do with anything?
Just that he's a heck of a committed deer hunter. Much more so than I am. Then again, I've never even dreamt of a buck like that. He may have encouraged me to do the same.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:58 AM   #134
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So will the eventual outcome years later, after all this blows over just be.. a replica of this magnificent buck hanging on his wall? Bragging about it still being a state record even though he killed ďEast Texas StyleĒ. And laughing about yeah it cost him 53k, but itís on a payment plan, less than his jacked up pickup?? SMH


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Old 01-26-2018, 07:02 AM   #135
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Big horns have torn apart families and ruined people's lives for a long time. I dont know Travis but he made a huge mistake that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. We all can judge but the people that are affected by his actions that are innocent are the ones that I feel sorry for. His family and friends who stuck up for him only knowing what he told them are devastated and embarrassed.

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Old 01-26-2018, 07:06 AM   #136
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I can say I have never seen a deer make the channel 5 news with pics. Pretty crazy.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:06 AM   #137
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Not wearing quite enough orange on your person or going 1 bird over your limit is quite a bit different than setting up game cameras, stands and feeders on a property you had no permission to be on. On top of that, you shoot the deer not once at night, but twice as I think I read it. To top it all off, you throw away the carcass so you can take awesome LDPís, chop the head off for the taxi and KILLED A STATE RECORD BUCK.

Then he tried to get rid of the evidence by deleting memory cards and stated to the game warden he had another deer at he taxi or on his wall that he killed from the same property 2 years prior. Also told the game warden that ďif this was a smaller deer, yíall woildnt be doing this.Ē Typical Criminal excuse maker who feels no guilt for his bad behavior. And if yíall think the man with the same name and date of birth who got busted one county over in 2004 for the SAME OFFENSE is not Travis, then I have some ocean front property in San Angelo to sell you. Heís shown a pattern of poaching behavior, unethical practices and lying.

Like has already been said, those people who defended him need to come on here, man up, and apologize like any respectable man would. Eat your crow and be done with it.

BTW, I have a copy of the arrest affidavit and the Game Warden did a dang good job of investigating this, that report is solid and detailed. Too bad he did it in Denton County, itís a liberal DA, which is why he didnít get any jail time, which he should have.

People should read this again. Especially the pattern of behavior part.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:07 AM   #138
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Theres no 'blowing over'.
Like Spook, and so many others before him,....he'll forever been known and remembered as 'that guy'.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:10 AM   #139
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It is both a tragedy and a travesty. It all depends on how you look at it.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:18 AM   #140
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53k is a lot of restitution. I'm just wondering what they can do to enforce that since it's civil restitution. I don't know that there's anything criminally they could do to him for not paying it, and most people just don't have that kind of money. It'll be interesting to see if he will actually have to pay that much or not.
Ask OJ about civil court, believe he was suited for property owned & monies earned can be confiscated. Poacher will be forced to pay even if it takes decades

Wonder how courts came up a value of this deer ??

Was this a felony ??
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:21 AM   #141
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So this multiple time poacher gets to keep on hunting once his probation is over?
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:25 AM   #142
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How in the world did he have a blind and feeder set up so long on someone else’s place?!
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It is both a tragedy and a travesty. It all depends on how you look at it.
I am pleased you spelled "travesty" properly.

Sorry, but that was on a tee.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:29 AM   #144
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How in the world did he have a blind and feeder set up so long on someone elseís place?!


In reading the probable cause affidavit, it sounds like the owner lives in Switzerland. Some mgmt company here ďwatchesĒ over the property. Evidently they found the blinds and put notices out but they were ignored... and it says the mgmt company admittedly hadnít followed back up.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:34 AM   #145
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:34 AM   #146
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Whew.........so now, I've managed to read thru about the 10th entire thread on this topic
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:38 AM   #147
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Not wearing quite enough orange on your person or going 1 bird over your limit is quite a bit different than setting up game cameras, stands and feeders on a property you had no permission to be on. On top of that, you shoot the deer not once at night, but twice as I think I read it. To top it all off, you throw away the carcass so you can take awesome LDPís, chop the head off for the taxi and KILLED A STATE RECORD BUCK.

Then he tried to get rid of the evidence by deleting memory cards and stated to the game warden he had another deer at he taxi or on his wall that he killed from the same property 2 years prior. Also told the game warden that ďif this was a smaller deer, yíall woildnt be doing this.Ē Typical Criminal excuse maker who feels no guilt for his bad behavior. And if yíall think the man with the same name and date of birth who got busted one county over in 2004 for the SAME OFFENSE is not Travis, then I have some ocean front property in San Angelo to sell you. Heís shown a pattern of poaching behavior, unethical practices and lying.

Like has already been said, those people who defended him need to come on here, man up, and apologize like any respectable man would. Eat your crow and be done with it.

BTW, I have a copy of the arrest affidavit and the Game Warden did a dang good job of investigating this, that report is solid and detailed. Too bad he did it in Denton County, itís a liberal DA, which is why he didnít get any jail time, which he should have.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:43 AM   #148
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If a person is sleeping in a tree stand in order to kill a deer (state record or not) they need to reevaluate their priorities in life. Just my opinion.


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Old 01-26-2018, 07:49 AM   #149
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We finally got the real story and court disposition. Time to move on. Lesson learned for all of us that needed it.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:50 AM   #150
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How many years is his license revoked for? If it’s less than a decade I say he got off light.
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