All hunters know the feeling, the anticipation of the season opener. Unfortunately for one unidentified man, that excitement was too much and he jumped the gun by only a few hours.
Police received a tip that someone had posted photos of a deer on social media the evening of September 30th. But the archery season did not officially begin until October 1st.
“We got a tip from social media that a man had posted a deer that had been shot on September 30, the evening of September 30, so it would have been a few hours before the season actually started,” said Captain Wade Farrar, an Oklahoma game warden.
The man claimed he had shot the deer the morning of October 1st but Farrar had a different theory:
“My guys went to investigate yesterday. The man claimed that he had shot the deer that morning and that he had checked the deer in online that morning. But, all the facts pointed that it was killed the night before.”
Poaching charges have not yet been filed, but if they are brought against the man, he faces thousands of dollars in fines and up to 30 days in jail.
“When you go out there and your goal is to break the law, our job is to be there to stop you. And, of course, there are ramifications of that, be it a fine or jail time.
“Game wardens, our main goal is to enforce the fish and wildlife laws. Our goal, when we come to work every day, is to make sure that future generations have the same opportunities to hunt and fish that we’ve had.”
Keep one thing in mind this hunting season, don’t flip your calendar up a day early. It could lead to big trouble!