Social media is making a difference for good after all…
Rose, OKLAHOMA – Two Oklahoma high school seniors are accused of poaching two trophy bucks from a deer farm in southwest Delaware County on Christmas morning.
Because the two bucks that were killed were part of a high-fenced deer breeding operation, it’s a more serious crime, just like killing someone’s livestock.
“It’s one thing to poach a deer, it’s another thing to poach a deer out of a half-acre enclosure,” game warden Kody Moore said.
The rural property is just north of Rose. The most traffic around there is the mailman or mouse-hunting cats. It’s a prime location for a deer farm.
“The individuals raise deer, buy and sell them just as livestock and they sell them to commercial hunting areas for people go and pay big dollars to hunt these animal,” Moore said.
The licensed deer farm is for breeding and raising deer, not hunting. A 13-point buck was the farm’s main breeder and a 10-pointer was the backup, together they were worth about $15,000.
“They are trophy bucks,” Moore said.
Both bucks were born on the farm and both died there at the hands of poachers, Moore says. On Christmas morning, the owners found a blood trail and saw their 8-foot fence had been cut. Moore and his partner, Marni Loftis, asked for help on the game warden’s Facebook page.
“The Facebook page is making a huge difference,” Moore said. “It’s making the public aware of what’s going on all the time.”