Wingnutty...I hear where your coming from. But if you set the rules and it's your job, volunteer/paid (as a commissioner or employee (game warden)), then you ought to know the damn rules!!!!
And if you don't know if it's right or wrong, you should call your buddies (in his case, other game commissioners/wardens) or you should have never accepted that position. If I don't think it's safe to cut a scary, burnt, cat-faced, widow-maker ridden snag, I walk away. I know my job. If you are elected/hired for a position, then you damn well better know the subjects/issues you were hired for...plain and simple. He should have known...OR INQUIRED about taking the deer. I'm glad he was trying to do the right thing, but you and I, both know that one of us would have gotten ticketed if we pulled into some game check with this scenario. These guys are not above the law and this case exemplifies how backwards our "system" is!! I would not have made this mistake though...because I know the rules. And if I didn't or there was some confusion, the first person I would have contacted would have probably been Hutch!
Way to stick up for the guys who are gonna bust you because you keep one buckshot in your bag...just in case.