This might be one of the strangest poaching cases I have ever heard. Usually it is the run of the mill road hunter or trespasser that you hear about, but in this case an Oklahoma man was busted for trapping deer with a net. He would then take the deer back to his garage and kill and butcher them there.
Oklahoma Game Wardens posted the story to their Facebook page.
In the Fall of 2018, while patrolling a secluded area of Tulsa County, Oklahoma Game Warden Brandon Fulton noticed a snare style trap made using a tree near a residence. Warden Fulton contacted the owner of the residence to inform him that it would be illegal to use such a trap on anything, including large animals such as deer. The snare had no sign of hair or blood on or around it. The trap builder removed the trap.
On January 2nd, 2019 While patrolling the same area Warden Fulton noticed a trap style net hanging from a tree on the same property. After closer inspection, there were deer tracks and corn on the ground under the net. The net had blood and deer hair in the net. Warden Fulton also noticed a remote motion sensor pointed toward the net along with a release rope running from the net through a window in the home to trigger the trap. Warden Fulton contacted a person in the home who advised the trap was built for wolves. A search warrant was issued for the property and two illegal deer were found along with photo and video evidence of the crimes. The evidence showed deer were being trapped alive, tied up, then taken into a building and killed. The trap maker was charged with several violations of state law and commission regulations. He eventually plead guilty to all charges and paid $10,300.00 in fines and restitution.
What was going through this guy’s head that made him think this was a good idea?
Great big shout out to the Oklahoma Game Wardens for busting this guy, and let this be a lesson to you, no trapping deer with a net.