Three men convicted of poaching deer in Grayson County

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Three Grayson County men were recently charged for poaching white-tailed deer.

John Drinnin was convicted of poaching this deer.

Texas Game Warden Michael Hummert has been investigating the three cases for over a year.

One of those cases happened around October 2016. Hummert said Sherman resident Timothy Kane Sweet shot and killed a large white-tailed deer.

"He tagged the deer as killing it in Fannin County even though he killed it in Grayson County," Hummert said. "Cause he was trying to cover up the fact he was killing it with a gun."

Sweet tried to kill the deer with a bow originally, but it ran off. When he came across it again hours later, Hummert said Sweet shot the deer at least five times.

Killing a deer with a gun is illegal in Grayson County. Sweet is listed as the Anna High School Assistant principal. He was charged with three misdemeanors and has to pay $10,000 in restitution.

In May 2017, Brian Culp of Gunter pled no contest for killing a deer using a special license reserved for disabled veterans.

"He wasn't qualified to possess that license," Hummert said.

Culp will have to pay $6,000.

But Hummert said the worst offender is John Drinnin of Whitesboro.

"We interviewed him, and he initially told us he killed the deer in Oklahoma on public hunting land," Hummert said. "With everything we knew it didn't add up."

Drinnin eventually fessed up to killing a 200 inch white-tail deer that was caught on a local game camera. He was charged with shooting a deer without the landowners permission: a felony, along with two other Class A misdemeanors.

"He confessed to shooting the deer right across his home," Hummert said. "He shot it off a public roadway with a gun on somebody else's property."

Drinnin has to pay $18,000 in restitution, and could lose his hunting license.

Hummert said anyone who thinks somebody is poaching is asked to give Texas Game Wardens a call.

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