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Updated: 01/09/2014 08:00:03AM

Turkey shooter fights on

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Jerry Travis, 74, has been photographing wild turkeys and other birds that have been ruing the yard and patio at his Punta Gorda home as evidence for his court case. In October, Travis was charged with killing a wild turkey out of season, after he shot one. Travis learned this week his motion to dismiss the charge would not be considered; he tried to say the turkey wasn't "wild." Court documents have been piling up, but Travis — representing himself — plans to go to trial if he has to.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Jerry Travis had to repaint his steps because nuisance turkeys left their droppings on them so many times they stained. Travis is due in court in March for a pre-trial conference to discuss the possibility of a jury trial — he has been charged with killing a wild turkey out of season after he shot one of the birds on his Punta Gorda property in October.

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Jerry Travis took this photo in October at his home in Punta Gorda. He says dozens of birds — ducks, geese and turkeys — have been tearing up his yard. Travis is due in court in March and may face a trial by jury after he has been charged with killing one of the turkeys.

By ADAM KREGER

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The Punta Gorda man who was charged in October with killing a wild turkey out of season — after it had been destroying his land for weeks — hasn’t been able to get the misdemeanor count dropped, but he vows to continue fighting the case. Now, he could be heading for trial.

At a Tuesday hearing, Jerry Travis learned Charlotte County Judge Peter Bell had granted the state’s motion to strike his motion to dismiss the case.

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