Greene County man hunting in Hawkins pleads guilty to several violations

Jeff Bobo • Feb 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Greene County man who was arrested in November for “spotlighting” a doe in a rural section of Hawkins County pleaded guilty Monday to several hunting violations.

Seth Aaron Landers, 19, of Afton, was arrested on Nov. 13, 2013 after allegedly using the headlights of his vehicle to “spotlight’ a doe on Van Hill Road south of Rogersville.

It is a violation of Tennessee law to use an artificial light to hunt deer.

An affidavit filed by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Nathan Ripley stated that Landers killed the doe around 9 p.m. on a date when hunting season was closed to does.

It is also illegal to shoot a deer 30 minutes after sunset, and Landers shot the deer from a public highway — another violation of state law.

Landers also didn’t have a valid hunting license.

On Monday, Landers appeared before Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross, where he pleaded guilty to hunting without a license, hunting from a motorized craft, spotlighting, killing big game during closed season, and hunting from a public road.

He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, fined $500, and his hunting privilege was suspended for one year.

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