DENTON COUNTY - A North Texas man was sentenced this week for violating legal hunting hours while hunting the second-largest whitetail buck ever in Texas. Travis D. Johnson of Aubrey, Texas, was sentenced in Denton County court to two years of probation and 40 hours community service, plus court costs. He also faces in excess of $53,000 in civil restitution fines from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and is prohibited from purchasing a hunting license for the duration of his deferred adjudication period. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says Johnson claimed to have shot the buck at 7:30 p.m., within legal hunting hours. But, investigators became aware of rumors circulating on social media that he had killed the animal after that time. Through the investigation, game wardens say they gathered evidence that led to Johnson’s confession that he harvested the deer after legal hunting hours and on property he was not supposed to be hunting on. Game wardens say if Johnson had harvested the buck legally, it would have ranked as the highest scoring deer taken with bow and arrow ever in Texas.