Video: Game Warden Shoots Family’s Pet Deer

On December 19, 2016, Kim Mcgaughey of western Kansas was issued a citation for “unlawful possession of wildlife without a permit.” The ticket was for keeping a mule deer doe as a pet after it showed up at their rural home as a fawn two years prior. The family named it Faline and quickly developed a relationship with the muley—it would play with their dogs, hang out in their house, and wore a collar during gun season to deter hunters from shooting it.

Mcgaughey argued that she wasn’t confining the doe, making her 22 months of interactions with the deer legal. The game wardens that visited her home didn’t view it that way, citing human safety and CWD concerns for dispatching the animal.

Should the family have been inviting a muley into their living room and making it wear a collar? No. Should the wardens have shot the deer in Mcgaughey’s driveway 45 minutes after writing the ticket? Nope. This was an avoidable situation handled poorly by both parties.

For more information on this story, check out The Wichita Eagle’s coverage of Faline the muley.

Shop
Guided Field Sharpener
Work Sharp

A complete sharpening solution for field, home or shop use.

Bison Hoody
MeatEater

The Buffalo - a nostalgic portrait of a true American icon and the largest mammal in North America.

Meater+ Bluetooth Thermometer
Meater

With up to 165 ft Wireless Range, MEATER is the first truly wireless smart meat thermometer.

Hunter Series Acute Trauma Care Kit
MeatEater

Lifesaving gear for severe injuries, gunshot wounds, broken bones, and major blood loss.

Get the latest in your inbox
Subscribe to our newsletters to receive regular emails with hand-picked content, gear recommendations, and special deals.
Our picks for the week's best content
For the whitetail obsessed, with Mark Kenyon
Redefining our connection to food, with Danielle Prewett
With Joe Cermele and Crew
Technical apparel for the avid hunter
Purpose-built accessories for hunting and fishing
Quality elk, turkey, waterfowl, and deer calls