DADE CITY — Officers were on patrol Feb. 27 in north Pasco County when spotlights and the sound of gunshots cut through the dark from private property nearby.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers followed the sounds behind 16225 Bellamy Brothers Blvd., where they found Jason Michael Payne, 36, Eric Omdahl, 38, and Mark Laird, 31, cleaning meat from six deer carcasses.
Deer season in Pasco County is from Dec. 7 to Feb. 23 if you're using a gun.
Around 1 a.m., the officers confiscated three rifles with attached lights and six bags of deer meat and arrested the men. They were charged with taking deer at night with a gun and light, taking deer during closed season and taking doe, all first-degree misdemeanors.
All three were released a few hours later from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $450 bail each.