It’s all fun and games when you’re playing around with online dating… that is, until you make someone mad who happens to have the authority to have you arrested for an illegal activity!
A woman was on a dating app when she shared her excitement about shooting a “big buck,” which, unfortunately for her, wasn’t legal. Soon, she would find herself being saddled with a big ol’ fine because of her bragging.
The woman was particularly excited, because it was the first deer she had ever shot, but she didn’t know her potential boyfriend on the dating app was a state game warden!
And this state game warden knew right away that the deer was killed illegally. To put it mildly, he was turned off!
Turns out the deer was shot with a rifle outside of rifle season, was shot at night with the aid of a spotlight and only the head and back-strap meat were harvested. All of which are illegal acts.
“It was definitely a shock,” said Cannon Harrison, the game warden who was chatting with the woman. “First, you think, ‘this isn’t real’. You think ‘maybe she knows who I am and is teasing me.’ But we did some digging on who she was and where she lived, and I knew that it was the real deal.
The incident was recently posted to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, where commenters had a field day with pun-filled banter about deer parts and was shared more than 1,500 times!
We’re thinking this was a dating-app first!
“You can’t just ignore a broken law that falls right in your lap, but I did feel kind of bad,” Harrison said. “She said it was her first deer ever and you knew she was excited.”
The woman now faces a $2,400 fine for the kill on charges of improper possession of an illegally taken animal, along with taking game out-of-season. Waste of the meat and spotlighting charges were not added and the woman pleaded guilty immediately.
In a world of social media bragging, this is bound to start happening more and more. Which turns out to be a windfall for game wardens!
“Social media is general is working very well, whether it’s put on there by the person who has done it or someone who knows the person and tells about it. We make two or three cases, statewide, because of social media,” said Bill Hale, Law Enforcement Division chief.
Let that be a lesson. You just never know who you’re talking to on social media!
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