Blue Lights and Admission of Spotlighting to Shoot Deer

Law enforcement personnel with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested a Judsonia man and charged him with several hunting violations.

handcuffsChristopher Michael Cleaver, of Judsonia, was arrested Nov. 2 charged with nine counts of night hunting and one count of violating tagging requirements.

Officers were working in the White County and Cleburne County area when they noticed an extended cab Ford pickup truck spotlighting a deer on Yuba Road in Cleburne County. When officers approached the vehicle, a passenger in the vehicle fled from the truck but was not immediately captured. Cleaver was the driver of the vehicle. He admitted to spotlighting with the intention of shooting the deer.

The alleged violations took place in White and Cleburne counties. Several deer carcasses were found at Cleaver’s residence in Judsonia. He was later interviewed at the White County Sheriff’s Office where he admitted to several of the violations.

For the night hunting violations, Cleaver may face fines up to $5,000 on each count and up to a year in jail. He also could receive 30 violation points that could lead to the loss of all hunting and fishing license rights for three years. On the deer tagging violation, he faces a fine of up to $2,500 and 90 days in jail as well as 12 violation points.

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