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Two Men Banned From Hunting In 44 States

If Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, ever want to hunt again, they may be limited on options on where to do so. The pair, who live in La Vergne, Tennessee, have been banned form hunting in 44 states for illegally killing up to 40 deer and then disrespecting the animals on camera, New York Daily News reported. 

"We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes. Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife,” Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Sgt. Matt Brian told The Tennessean.

WRA information officer Doug Markham said the videos and photos were disturbing. “They were getting on top of the deer and doing all sorts of things," he said. “They had one where the deer was still alive and they blew his head off. They were high-fiving each other after showing the hole where they had shot one at nighttime. I didn’t see all of the videos, but the officer said some of it was just really grotesque.”

Calzada and Albert were arrested in December and pleaded guilty to hunting without permission, hunting out of season, killing deer at night and illegal transportation of wildlife. In addition to the ban, both men had to surrender their weapons, were ordered to pay $1,000 in court costs plus $5,000 in restitution  and they must perform 100 hours of community service. 

“People don’t understand what banning them for life does to them,” Markham said. “It destroys their ability to move around with a gun. If they get caught again, they could go to jail.”

Sources: New York Daily News, The Tennessean / Photo credit: TWRA via The Tennessean

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