Franklin County man fined; loses rifle, hunting privileges for illegally killing bear
Several months ago I reported on the case of Larry Joe Colson who had shot and killed a black bear on his Gulf County hunting lease.
"Larry Joe Colson, DOB 4/25/54, of Apalachicola, appeared before Gulf County Judge Fred Whitten last week and pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge. He must pay a $1,150 fine; forfeit his .30-06 rifle and scope to the state; serve six months probation and see his hunting and fishing privileges suspended for three years.
His license suspension will apply not only to Florida but also in 26 other states who are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
Colson was charged last January after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officers found a dead bear on his hunting lease in Gulf County. He later admitted killing the bear.
The leased land is owned by the St. Joe Company. The company has since notified Colson he is banned from hunting on any of their lands for the next five years."
It is always a good thing when justice is served and proper punishment meted out to wrong doers. It is a shame that a grown adult who should have known better committed the crime, but at least he owned up to it and met his obligations.
Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...