I hear where you are coming from but like you ended in your comment, it's no excuse. Bottom line: It's the hunter's responsibility to know the laws before he starts hunting. With Ted it's even more touchy because he is a public mouthpiece and advocate of hunting rights. It's just more ammo for the anti's.
You are right and he is still repsonsible for himself and the consequences of his actions. I can just foresee a possibility where he DID break the law without knowing for sure he was breaking the law. People are coming out like he's some kind of hypocrite and I dont think that's it at all. I find it much more likely that it was a mistake on the part of his "handlers". Again, that doesn't absolve him of breaking the law. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. It's just a shame that such an outspoken advocate of hunting rights should have this occur.
I agree with this 100%. He does claim though that he WASN'T baiting with C'mere deer. If that's so, then he should have fought it. And as a person of such high profile, and on TV to boot, then he needs to be even MORE vigilant than the rest of us common slobs in regards to local game laws, however idiotic and convolunted as they may be. I mean, if he had someone on his staff who's job it is to take care of these kinds of things, then that person DROPPED THE BALL if the charges are true!
I don't expect him to know every little regulation, especially when it comes to the details and numerous loose ends that must occur when you are making a TV show. But as you say, ignorance of the law is no excuse, so you them hire someone to MAKE SURE that all the T's are crossed and the I's dotted. For you and I, all this means is paying a fine. No one knows who we are, or gives a rat's patoot. For someone who's high profile, it has FAR more damaging consequences. That's part of the territory when you are in the public eye and make big $$$ from it.