Hunters Beware: This Deer Could Cost You Dough

updated 12/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Some poachers in Tennessee have been in for a rude shock this season. They spot a deer by the side of the road and fire away, despite the law against such highway hunting. But the animal doesn't fall or flee; it just stands there. It's a decoy made of a doe's skin stretched over Styrofoam mounted on a plywood base, with a buck's horns added on. Game wardens lying in wait bag the offenders, who face a $50 fine and confiscation of their guns. This deer—there are 12 scattered throughout the state—is named Timex. The reason, says one wildlife official, is that "it's like a Timex watch—he just keeps on ticking."

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