Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers in Manatee County arrested a man who they say entered private property with two firearms in his possession while trying to hunt deer during closed season Oct. 1.
Terry Gibson, 43, was spotted by three officers who had set a robotic deer replica in the field as bait. When they tried to apprehend him, Gibson attempted to hide his firearms in a field, according to an arrest report.
Gibson admitted that he was going to kill the deer for its meat, according to the affidavit.
Officers said they located the two weapons as well as drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Gibson was also driving a car with a license plate that came from a different vehicle.
Gibson faces three felony charges for armed trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a felon, as well as four misdemeanors and several infractions. His bond was set at $300,000, and he also had an outstanding warrant out of Sarasota County.