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Three teens arrested for illegally hunting on Florida State Prison property

January 25, 2011 | 11:54 am

Silhouetted white-tailed deer. One of the dumbest instances of poaching so far this year, in my opinion, occurred recently when three teenagers were arrested for illegally hunting deer out of season. The really numbskulled part of it, however, is that they were caught hunting on Florida State Prison property.

Aaron Griffis, 18; Houston Fender, 19; and Shea Wilson, 18, all of Lawtey, Fla., were taken into custody Jan. 6 after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers, acting on tips from concerned citizens, conducted surveillance on the prison property in Raiford.

According to the FWC news release, Griffis was apprehended as he was hunting a field. The two other suspects were tracked by K-9 units from the Department of Corrections and the FWC and found nearby.

All three now face numerous charges, including introduction of firearms on prison property, a second-degree felony.

The topper, in my book, is that Fender had been convicted about three weeks earlier on two counts of taking deer out of season and sentenced by a Bradford County judge to one year of probation and a three-year suspension of hunting rights. Talk about dumb and dumber.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Silhouetted white-tailed deer. Credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources