Indie film director Ben Dickson likely faces legal trouble for illegally hunting and killing two deer in his upcoming movie “First Winter.” The film, set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, focuses on a group of urbanites who head into the country for relaxation but who instead fight for survival after an apocalyptic event.
The deer was shot and killed during filming in February 2011 on a private farm in upstate New York. In addition to the deer being shot and killed outside of the legal hunting season, the actor who pulled the trigger, Paul Manza, had neither hunting experience nor a hunting license. The bullet killed one deer and injured another who was ultimately put out of its misery. One deer is shown being skinned and cooked on camera.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, every hunter is required to have a permit to hunt. The permit is only acquired after completing an extensive class. A spokeswoman for the group says the penalty for hunting without a permit can range from a $2,000 fine to imprisonment and confirms the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the incident.
“We are idiots,” Dickson is quoted as saying on DNAinfo.com. “We didn’t know how to do this [hunting] stuff. There were so many deer weak from the winter and getting eaten by local dogs we didn’t even think about it.”
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