These poachers weren't just illegally hunting doves. They were also hunting from a marijuana plant blind.
Two Oklahoma game wardens caught three men in the act of poaching doves by baiting them and hunting them without a license on a routine patrol on Sunday. Upon further investigation, they also realized another hunting violation.The offenders' hunting blind was made of marijuana plants.
The men were so focused on what they were doing that they didn't notice the game wardens approach until it was too late.
Game warden Lt. Frank Huebert said: "We came in from behind. They didn't know we were there until we were right there."
The men were also found to be in possession of marijuana buds and a pipe. Further investigation at the home of one of the poachers revealed additional drugs. The game wardens were astonished that the men would use pot plants to make a blind when more effective blind plants were available in the area.
Wardens posted photos of the dove and drug bust on their Facebook page, eliciting surprise and condemning remarks from readers, with one person commenting, "They deserve every thing they are about to receive and more."
Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Bill Hale was amazed at the poachers' blatant disregard for the law, remarking:
"I've never seen a case where they start early, have 50 extra dove, bait a field, hunt out of a marijuana blind. That actually sounds more like something you'd see in a story or a movie than it does real life."