Tackle cited for killing deer with expired license

Updated: November 6, 2003, 3:22 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- State wildlife officials gave a warning to Tennessee Titans right tackle Fred Miller because his hunting license was expired when he killed a 12-point buck with a bow and arrow.

Miller also killed the deer on land where he didn't have permission to hunt. He and a friend were hunting Oct. 27 on land near Radnor Lake State Natural Area in Nashville.

"It was a big mixup," Miller said Wednesday. "We actually thought we were on the spot we had permission to hunt, but we weren't."

Park officials determined Miller was not on Radnor land, and the property owner declined to press charges.

By that time, Miller said it was too late to register the deer at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's check-in station. He telephoned the TWRA the next day and was directed to a market where someone noticed Miller's license had expired.

Cape Taylor, a TWRA enforcement supervisor, said he told Miller the license expired in March and he advised two TWRA officers to issue Miller the warning.

Taylor said Miller had time to get a current license and likely would not have checked in the deer if he knew his license had expired. He said other hunters have been given warnings instead of citations in the same situation.

"I'm not going to treat him different because he is a football player," Taylor said.

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