Some people just do not have self-control. At least that seems to be the issue with a couple of hog hunters turned into night vision poachers. They were perfectly fine shooting hogs with the aid of a night vision scope, but when a 200+ inch buck walked out. They just could not resist. Now they are paying the price.
The Oklahoma Game Wardens posted the following story to their Facebook page
On 08/20/18 Game Warden Ty Runyan (PONTOTOC CO) was contacted by a concerned sportsman stating that a couple of guys from the Ada area had “found” a very large whitetail buck deer in a bean field in Coal County. Using a couple leads Warden Runyan made contact with the main suspect.
The suspect readily admitted that he knew why Runyan was contacting him. The suspect stated the buck was hanging in a tree in Latta. The suspect met Warden Runyan and Lt. Smith and divulged what happened.
The suspect said that he and his friend had went out to hunt hogs at night. The place where they were hunting was a set of soybean fields south of Clarita. When they pulled into the field the first thing they saw was the big buck. The suspect put the thermal on the buck and shot him.
Warden Runyan seized the thermal scope and gun used to kill the buck for evidence.
Captain Tom Cartwright an official Boone and Crockett scorer scored the buck at 209” 5⁄8 gross and a net score of 203.
On March 7th, 2019 both subjects accepted a plea deal on Possession of Wildlife not legally taken, and Hunting with the Aid of Motor Vehicle. Primarily suspect received $2,989 in fines, $3,000 in restitution, loss of rifle, loss of hunting privileges for 3 years, and 20 hours community service. The accomplice received $3,989 in fines, $2,000 in restitution, loss of thermal, and loss of hunting rights for 3 years.
I understand the temptation, but that does not make it right. Hopefully others will learn from their mistakes and choose to do the right thing and follow the law.