Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

Calling all Refuge System photographers!

The 2012 Refuge Photo Contest is now open and accepting entries through October 12, 2012, the end of National Wildlife Refuge Week. This year Southwest Airlines, the official airlines of NWRA, has generously donated the grand prize of $2,000 and 4 round trip tickets. For more information and contest details please visit www.refugeassociation.org.

Each year we receive outstanding images that showcase the natural beauty and wonder of our wildlife refuges. We look forward to your submissions!

Don’t forget to ‘like’ the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s facebook page atfacebook.com/RefugeAssociation for contest updates and previews of the outstanding 2012 photos!

TV Show Host Charged With Wildlife Violations

Court records indicate that Tennessee resident William “Spook” Spann, 49, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas CityKan. on Sept. 6 with transportation of wildlife from Kansas to Tennessee that he allegedly obtained in violation of Kansas hunting laws.

The violations are alleged to have occurred in November 2007, the same year Spann shot a non-typical whitetail buck that grossed about 230 inches and netted about 224 Pope & Young points in Stafford CountyKan., reports Wichita Eagle outdoors writer, Michael Pearce.

The deer was shot with archery equipment, during the state’s regular archery season.

At the time the deer was promoted as the largest whitetail buck ever taken on video. The story of Spann’s hunt was featured in national magazines, videos and TV shows.

Spann’s television show, “Spook Nation,” currently appears on the Pursuit Channel cable network.

According to court proceedings reported in the Wyandotte (Kan.) Daily News, count one of the indictment alleges Spann transported antlers from Stafford CountyKan., to Tennessee, knowing the deer had been taken in violation of state hunting laws. In count two, the indictment alleges Spann falsely reported the property where the deer was taken.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.