Facebook Photos of Dead Turkeys Lead to FWC Investigation

Four Florida men were charged for various hunting violations.

Friday, Jun 7, 2013  |  Updated 1:52 PM EDT
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Blake King and Travis McFatter pose with two illegally-caught turkeys.

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Four men were charged with hunting violations after they posted Facebook photos showing multiple harvested wild turkeys and a dead alligator.

The men were identified as Travis Clayton McFatter, 27, Blake Dalton King, 20, Zachary David Espenship, 20, all of Lake City, and Dustin Wayne Parrish, 26, of Lulu, in a FWC media release.

McFatter, who is seen posing with the turkeys and alligator, addmitted to killing five turkeys during the season and taking two turkeys in one day. Legally, hunters can only take one turkey per day, and two during the entire season.

Investigators said McFatter also admitted to picking up the road-killed alligator near his house and eating the meat after taking a few photos.

McFatter was charged with going over the daily limit for turkeys, going over the seasonal limit for turkeys, and possessing an untagged alligator. He was given two noncriminal citations for not having a hunting license or a turkey stamp.

King also admitted to killing four turkeys. Espenship admitted to killing a deer that stood in the headlights of his truck while he was with King.

King was charged with going over the seasonal turkey limit, taking deer out of season and taking deer at night by using a gun and light.

Espenship was charged with taking deer out of season and by using a gun and light.

Parrish admitted to taking three turkeys. He was also charged with going over the seasonal and daily turkey limit.

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