The antlers from the “BP” buck were found hidden in an air duct compartment in a wall. Authorities also discovered 103 other untagged deer antlers in the home.
Kenny Nixon, 35, of Bokoshe pleaded guilty on March 17 in Latimer County to several misdemeanor wildlife violations in connection with the “BP” buck, including shooting a deer in a closed season and illegal possession of a whitetail deer.
He admitted shooting the buck with a .25.06 Browning rifle. Nixon was fined almost $5,000 and his lifetime hunting privileges were revoked for 20 years. He still may have to pay as much as $5,000 in restitution to the state.
Nixon also is facing possible wildlife violations in Le Flore County for illegal possession of 103 sets of antlers, said Fields, who has ticketed Nixon in the past for spotlighting deer. Records show that Nixon only has legally checked in four deer in his lifetime.
The “BP” rack measured 186 inches typical and 220 inches non-typical. A non-typical includes abnormal points in the scoring or measuring while those points are deducted on a typical rack.
State wildlife officials plan to use the “BP” rack in an educational display, part of a new Operation Game Thief trailer that the Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International has funded.
“It's going to have a wall of shame,” said Robert Fleenor, head of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “These antlers are going to be the centerpiece.”