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.