I'm not a hunter. So maybe you can 'splain to me why he didn't put Baby Deer on the original tag and send Wife to buy a 2nd tag? Even after the fact, wouldn't he be OK if he marked the right tags? (and didn't shoot Daddy Deer until after the new tag was purchased)
If he'd kept his mouth shut, he might could have claimed he marked the wrong tag by accident -- of course that doesn't explain the 4 or 5 hour delay. (maybe he tracked it for 5 hours...)
180 days in jail doesn't sound like a felony to me. A year-and-a-day sounds like a felony.
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun"