February 4, 2008
Allen W. Blevins, 41, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty today in federal court
to illegally killing and transporting white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor violation
of the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law. Blevins admitted to
illegally killing three deer while he was employed as a guide at Hadley Creek
Outfitters, a business located in Pike County, Illinois, and agreed to
forfeiture of three illegally-taken deer head mounts.
The plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore who then ordered
Blevins to pay a $7,500 fine and forfeit the mounts of the illegally killed
deer. The fine will be used to fund continuing state and federal investigations
of wildlife law violations.
In October 2004, Blevins used a bow and arrow to kill a trophy 10-point
white-tailed deer in Pike County, Ill. Blevins then illegally transported the
deer to Tennessee where he lied to officials and falsified documents to make it
appear he had killed the deer in Tennessee. Blevins then returned to Illinois
and illegally killed and transported two more deer, including another trophy
10-point buck during the month of November 2004
Blevins, an attorney and founding partner of Blevins, Kizer and Gammeltoft,
P.C., of Knoxville, Tenn., was employed as a guide for Hadley Creek Outfitters
at the time he illegally killed and transported the deer. Photos of the trophy
deer illegally killed by Blevins were posted on Hadley Creek Outfitters website
for promotional uses. The mounts of these illegally killed deer were also
displayed in public to promote other Blevins’ business ventures. In addition to
being an attorney and hunting guide, Blevins is also listed as the President of
Whitetail Investment Properties, an investment group that uses filmed deer hunts
to sell real estate on numerous outdoor and hunting television shows.
Blevins’ guilty plea is the result of an investigation into illegal hunting
conducted by special agents and investigators of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Tennessee Wildlife
“The willingness of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute cases such as this
one helps us protect our nation’s natural resources,” said U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service Special Agent Tim Santel. “If all self-professed hunters acted
with blatant disregard for wildlife laws as Blevins did, there would be no
trophy animals left to hunt.”
The Central District of Illinois’ U.S. Attorney’s Office, represented by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Gilmore, negotiated the plea agreement.
The interstate transportation of wildlife-- including hides or parts--obtained
in violation of state law violates the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is a federal
wildlife protection law and each violation carried a possible maximum fine of
$100,000 and/or one year in prison.