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In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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The Ohio wildlife official who originally pleaded not guilty to federal charges of falsifying records and trafficking in illegally killed white-tailed deer has apparently decided to change his plea. From the Associated Press:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer plans to change his plea on federal charges accusing him of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.
A court filing Tuesday said Allan Wright, of Russellville, planned to change his plea next month to charges of trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer.
A message was left with his attorney. A change of plea filing typically means a defendant is pleading guilty.
Investigators have said Wright illegally let a South Carolina wildlife official use his home address in 2006 to receive a $19 license for an Ohio resident instead of paying the $125 out-of-state fee.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources dismissed Wright in October.