(ILLEGAL HUNTING) NEW YORK — Director Ben Dickson is in legal trouble for actually hunting and killing two deer during the filming of his new movie, First Winter. New York State requires every hunter to have a permit and to attend an extensive hunting class, or pay fines up to $2,000 and face possible imprisonment. The actor who shot the deer did not have a hunting license and ended up fatally wounding another deer in the process. The film also shows one deer being skinned and cooked. Read more on these atrocities. — Global Animal 
Director kills two deer in the making of, "First Winter." Photo Credit: Steve Oehlenschlager / Shutterstock

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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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