Archive for Friday, August 31, 2012

Topeka man sentenced for poaching record deer

August 31, 2012


— A Topeka man will spend 15 consecutive weekends in jail and pay a $1,500 fine for killing a whitetail buck that would have set a state record if it had been shot legally and not out of season.

David Kent was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail, to be served on weekends. Along with the $1,500 fine, he will pay $8,000 in restitution to the owner of land in Osage County where he shot the deer in November. Kent also lost his hunting privileges for five years and had to surrender the deer's antlers and the gun that he used during the hunt, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Kent pleaded guilty to four of eight original charges filed against him after he killed the 14-point buck. He claimed to have shot the deer in Nemaha County around Dec. 1, while legally hunting during the state's firearms deer season.

The deer was unofficially scored at 198 7/8 inches of antler on the Boone & Crockett system, which would have broken the state record for a typical whitetail deer shot with a gun. The record of 198 2/8 was set by Dennis Finger in Nemaha County in 1974.

Kent got into trouble in January after he took the deer's antlers to the Monster Buck Classic in Topeka, where he was recognized for having the largest typical antlers. Wildlife agents compared the antlers to a photo that showed the buck in Osage County about 100 miles south of where Kent said he shot it.

Law enforcement officials say Kent later admitted to illegally killing the deer.

Osage County attorney Brandon Jones said Kent pleaded guilty to criminal hunting, hunting outside of legal hours, illegal hunting during a closed season and using an illegal caliber while hunting big game.

The case drew attention because Kent was present when his brother, Thomas Kent, was involved in a fatal hunting accident in 2007 that involved illegal hunting.

Thomas Kent fired a high-powered rifle from a vehicle into what he thought was a flock of geese in a Lyon County field. The "geese" were decoys and the shot killed 18-year-old Beau Arndt, of rural Americus, who was hiding in the decoys while hunting with friends.

Thomas Kent served more than two years in prison. David Kent was not charged in that case.


Flap Doodle 5 years, 4 months ago

Seeing as how Kent has proven beyond any doubt that he's a reckless idiot, he should never be allowed to hunt again.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 4 months ago

Please don't refer to individuals like this as hunters or even men. These are criminal thugs with alot of genetic stacking in their family!

Clickker 5 years, 4 months ago

I was gonna say he should at least get to keep the record, til I read that last part. Then, nah...

John Hampton 5 years, 4 months ago

Them Kent brothers...... keeping the family name proud.

thebigspoon 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow a little stiffer than good old boy Darrel Norris got here in Douglas County for shooting one out of season and out of his truck...

riverdrifter 5 years, 4 months ago

Glad to see them throw the book at this liar, poacher, cheater and oxygen thief. The trail camera that got the deer's image in Osage county was the coup de gras for this d-bag. Too bad that this awesome deer got forever tainted by this waste of skin.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 4 months ago

Small world. The student worker in my office is from Americus. She is best friends with Beau's sister, whom she has known since pre-school. Now I feel really sad. If you can, attend something called outdoor days for Beau Arndt.

riverdrifter 5 years, 4 months ago

Beau has family in Baldwin and I'm acquainted with them. They are still haunted by Beau's passing and the way it happened. The Kent bros. just need to make like a horse turd and hit the dusty trail.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 4 months ago

KF&G Agents great catch, this is only one of many in our great state, each year lots of illegal game are shot or shot at just for some ""horn" to brag about, never tried horn soup, maybe that's what they do with them---

Paul R Getto 5 years, 4 months ago

More big, intrusive government regulations. Let the good old boys hunt.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 4 months ago

Once again, you are demonstrating a severe lack of common sense.

Mark Currie 5 years, 4 months ago

I have to say, I agree with all of you. Had a poacher fire off what sounded like a .300 mag outside my bedroom window when I lived in the country. No use for poachers.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, its a good catch for the KDWP, but the justice system has failed miserably in this case. This man was an accesory to murder, got off, and still didn't learn his lesson. This guy should have done no less than 5 years in prison on top of all the fines and restitution.

James Minor 5 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like the Kent brothers could have starrred in the movie "Dumb and Dumber" or they should have kept their poaching to a couple of eggs in the morning.

blindrabbit 5 years, 4 months ago

Did the Kent's pass the required I.Q. test?

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