PEORIA — An East Peoria man and host of a cable TV hunting show was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly killing more deer than he was legally allowed.
The indictment against Christopher Brackett, 41, alleges that in 2013, he engaged in illegal hunting by killing two bucks in Indiana and then brought them back to Illinois. At the time, Indiana allowed hunters to kill one antlered deer per season.
Brackett, whose program, “Fear No Evil,” aired on the Outdoor Channel, allegedly filmed a hunt in December 2013 in the Hoosier State for an episode of his show that featured him killing an 11-point deer that he nicknamed the “Unicorn Buck.” But on that same day, the indictment alleges, he shot and killed a smaller, eight-point deer, which was the illegal act. The so-called "Unicorn Buck” was registered with the state of Indiana under his license, and he transported it to Illinois. But the other deer, the indictment alleges, wasn't registered and was not included in the edited footage of the show.
A day later, on Dec. 22, 2013, the indictment alleges, Brackett purchased a second non-resident deer muzzleloader permit under his cameraman’s name and then registered the smaller buck with the permit purchased in the cameraman’s name.
A date for Brackett to appear in court has not yet been set. If convicted of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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