Hunting and dating have a lot in common. In both instances, someone is being pursued in one way or another, there are a lot of weird pheromones going around, and usually something ends up getting hurt. But though they have some similarities, one Oklahoma woman found out the hard way that it’s not always best to mix them.
For those of you who found your spouse through more traditional methods of courtship, like through going to church together or the “missed connections” section of Craigslist ads, Bumble is a dating app that allows users to view photos of potential matches and swipe right or left, depending on if you like their profile or not. If both of you swipe right on each other’s profiles, you are one eggplant emoji-filled text conversation away from a meetup at Ponyboy followed by a hookup in the back of a Toyota Corolla. This woman must have had a lucky night on Bumble, because instead of meeting up with one guy at the end of her text exchange, a handful of fellas were eager to meet her…
He decided to write back, “Hell yeah, get em with a bow?” A bow would have been a legal method of killing the deer.
“Well we don’t need to talk about that,” the woman replied in last month's exchange. The season in which licensed residents could hunt with rifles had ended, making the act illegal, the Tulsa World reported. Gory photos posted to the game warden's Facebook page showed that only the head and backstrap meat were harvested, which is also illegal.
Harrison decided to investigate further and asked the woman if she had been "spotlighting" — an illegal act in Oklahoma, in which a bright light is aimed into the animal’s eyes, freezing them in place, the Post reported.
Harrison was able to get the woman to admit to spotlighting, tell him where she shot the deer and send him a photo of her posing with her kill. He then used social media to narrow down his search for the woman’s identity, according to the paper. Game wardens arrived at her home the following day.
As someone who personally knows three people who have been arrested for spotlighting deer, I can tell you that game wardens don’t take poaching lightly. And Warden Cannon Harrison was no different. Even though she only harvested part of the deer, the woman was ultimately charged with possession of an animal illegally killed out of season. Harrison may not have come out with a date when all was said and done. But at least he didn’t waste time on a partner who doesn’t know how to properly tend to a piece of meat.
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