A convicted felon from Paulding County finds himself in further trouble after being apprehended in North Carolina on charges related to weapons possession and suspected illegal hunting practices.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, James Brandon Taylor, a 29-year-old resident of Dallas, was discovered sitting in the bed of a pickup truck with a loaded crossbow and a black flashlight resting on his lap.
Around 7:20 p.m. on November 15, deputies made a discovery near the intersection of US Hwy 64 and Carter Cove Road. They noticed a white 2013 Toyota pickup truck illuminating an embankment and wooded area, which is a known spot for deer activity. It was later determined that the truck belonged to Dalton Wayne Taylor, a 25-year-old resident of Hayesville. After crossing Hwy 64, the truck continued onto Qualla Road.
Jerry Lee Taylor, 47, and Jonathan Buck Taylor, 31, who live in Hayesville, were also present in the truck during the stop.
After conducting additional searches, authorities discovered a small amount of suspected methamphetamine on James’s person. As a result, James is now facing several charges, including felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and felony possession of methamphetamine on jail premises. Currently, James is being held without bond as further legal proceedings take place.
The traffic stop was also supported by the US Forest Service.
North Carolina Wildlife received notification of the incident, and there is a possibility of additional charges.
What is spotlighting deer?
Spotlighting deer is a reprehensible and unlawful hunting method in which individuals utilize artificial light, commonly a spotlight, to illuminate and momentarily blind deer during the night. This strategy is frequently employed to facilitate the identification and targeting of these animals, as deer become more conspicuous in the darkness when their eyes reflect light.
Spotlights have a disruptive effect on the natural behavior of deer because it hampers their ability to see and react to their environment. It is important to note that in numerous regions, the act of spotlighting deer is strictly forbidden. This prohibition exists due to concerns regarding potential abuse and the negative impact it can have on wildlife conservation efforts. Hunting regulations are put in place to establish specific seasons, methods, and ethical guidelines, all aimed at promoting fair and sustainable hunting practices.
Law enforcement agencies and wildlife conservation organizations are dedicated to enforcing regulations and stopping illegal spotlighting. This activity not only jeopardizes the safety of both humans and animals but also contributes to the decline of local deer populations. In the situation described in the article, law enforcement promptly responded to a report of suspicious activity involving spotlighting deer, showcasing their unwavering commitment to upholding hunting laws and safeguarding wildlife.
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