According to officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), a homeowner in Lafollette captured some damning footage of a pair of poachers on their property.
According to TWRA, the homeowners contacted the agency to report the appearance of two men seemingly hunting whitetail deer on the property. The problem being, whitetails were out of season at the time and the pair of poachers were trespassing on private property.
After reviewing the video TWRA could identify the pair of poachers as Donnie Marcum, 65 and Tyler Marcum, 18. After interviewing the two men, the admitted to shooting the deer and coming back that evening to retrieve the animal, which was not fatally shot.
Donnie Marcum was charged with hunting from a public road, hunting in closed season and hunting from a motor vehicle, while his partner Tyler was charged with hunting from a public road, hunting in closed season, hunting from a motor vehicle, hunting big game with rimfire ammunition, and hunting without hunter education.
Each of the accused later pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Donnie Marcum pleaded guilty to hunting from a public road and hunting in a closed season and was handed one year of probation and 425.50 in fines and court costs. Tyler Marcum pleaded guilty to hunting in a closed season and was given 30 days of probation, forfeited his firearm, lost his hunting privileges for one year and was also ordered to pay $425.50 in fines and court costs.