Caryville man pleads guilty in elk shooting

Wednesday, the TWRA announced that a 33-year-old Caryville man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing an elk in late December of 2019.
Sean Doney, according to TWRA, pleaded guilty Tuesday to hunting big game in a closed season, hunting without a license, hunting without hunter education, illegal take of big game, and failure to retrieve game on a WMA in connection to the December killing of an elk cow in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area that was part of a UT research study.

The elk carcass was found in a food plot on the North Cumberland WMA on December 23rd.

The elk was wearing a GPS collar as part of a three-year research study by the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, according to TWRA. The university’s College of Veterinary Medicine performed a necropsy and determined that the elk had been shot. Doney was arrested after he was identified by members of the public after rewards were offered by outdoor recreation groups. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $350 fine.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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