William “Spook” Spann, celeb TV host of Spook Nation on the Pursuit Channel, was charged in Kansas City on Thursday with two counts of transporting wildlife to Tennessee that had been knowingly and illegally killed. Spann, whose tagline on the show is “God. Family. Country,” faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, according to the Wyandotte Daily News.
Both offenses, which are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley in conjunction with investigations by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the wildlife divisions of Tennessee and Kansas, allege that Spann killed a buck in 2007 on someone else’s property, falsified that fact to the landowner, and then transported the buck back to his home state of Tennessee.
Spann is only the latest celebrity hunter to find his way to a headline, as his story broke the same week as Melissa Bachman’s, the female huntress who was cut from National Geographic TV’s upcoming programming because of a hostile anti-hunter takeover on Facebook and a petition filed on Change.org.