DUETTE — A Lakeland man was arrested Sunday after Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities set up a 7-point buck replica deer on Carlton Road after receiving numerous complaints of road hunting.
Roy Bailey, 44, approached in a camouflaged Ford F-150, wearing a camo shirt, ball cap and blue jeans. Upon seeing the replica deer, he stepped out of the truck and shot at the deer.
Wildlife officials ordered Bailey to put his gun down. As Bailey threw his gun — a H&K .33 WMR rifle — down, it went off again, according to the report.
Bailey, who was previously convicted of grand theft and burglary in Pasco County, is not allowed to have a gun as a convicted felon.
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He told investigators, “it was worth the effort to shoot the deer and drag it across the canal.”
Bailey was charged with attempting to take a deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a public roadway, taking wildlife from a right-of-way and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Bailey was released from jail Monday on a $5,740 bond, according to the Manatee County jail website.