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Tallahassee man charged with taking illegal deer

Posted at 3:00 AM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 05:13:04-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man faces charges for taking an illegal deer in the Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area.

Michael Price, 36, was released on a $2,001 bond from the Leon County Detention Center after his arrest by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer.

Price was arrested Jan. 20, 2018, for violating an injunction prohibiting him from having a firearm because of domestic violence and for killing a doe fawn with too small antlers.

Price admitted to killing an anterless deer earlier in the day and leaving the meat at his house, the officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The officer said after Price waived his right to remain silent Price showed the officer the deer meat inside a cooler with ice. The deer was not tagged, and the sex evidence of the deer was not present.

Price took the officer to a nearby location on the property where Price had dumped the head and hide of the deer.

The officer photographed the deer's remains and observed that "the deer had two very short antlers which barely protruded from the top of the skull."

The officer seized the untagged deer meat, the deer head and two firearms, a rifle and a shotgun.

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