Former TV host pleads guilty in poaching case

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INDIANA (WEHT) – A former TV host has pleaded guilty in a 2013 poaching case.

Christopher Brackett, 41, former TV host of the Outdoor Channel hunting show “Fear No Evil,” has pled guilty in federal court to unlawful transportation of wildlife.

Brackett admitted to killing two bucks within minutes of each other in Indiana in December 2013, while filming an episode for his show.

According to Indiana law, hunters are only allowed to kill one buck per season.

Brackett also admitted to taking the larger buck, nicknamed “Unicorn Buck”, across state lines to his home in Illinois, according to DNR officials.

Indiana DNR officials say the footage featuring “Unicorn Buck” appeared on an episode of the show in 2014. They say Brackett tried to conceal taking the smaller buck by having his staff hide video footage and destroy the antlers.

As part of the plea deal, Brackett agreed to 30 months probation and his hunting privileges are banned worldwide for that time period. He will also pay $30,000 in restitution and fees.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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