Many hunters will say there is nothing quite like sighting a whitetail buck for the first time in its native habitat, standing tall and glimpsed from behind the cover of trees. Poking between cars in a Walmart parking lot however, is suitably less scenic. According to the Indiana Gazette, for 40-year-old Arcangelo Bianco, Jr., the opportunity proved too great to resist.
He sighted the 10-point deer just outside a Burrel Township, Pennslyvania Walmart and promptly forgot that he had business with the bank that day. Instead, Bianco retrieved a handgun that he had kept in his truck and began squeezing off rounds at the animal. The incident happened around two in the afternoon, usually peak hours for shopping.
“Obviously, we can’t have someone running through a Walmart parking lot shooting at a deer,” said Game Commission officer Jack Lucas.
Bianco chased the deer across the parking lot, firing shots as he went. The buck finally went down past a nearby highway, where the man retrieved the animal and transported it to a meat processor. His unique style of “hunting” did not go unnoticed, surveillance cameras picked up the enitre incident on video. Bianco is being formally charged with hunting without a license, shooting across a roadway, unlawful taking of big game and reckless endangerment with possibly more charges to come. A preliminary hearing is set to take place in May.
The saddest part?
“It was the nicest buck I’ve seen taken in Indiana County in a couple of years,” said Officer Lucas.