Cleveland County Game Wardens Search For Deer Poachers
NORMAN, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Game Wardens Tell Judkins and Chad Strang of Cleveland County are requesting public assistance on a case northwest of Lake Thunderbird.
The Norman Police Department contacted Warden Judkins around late Monday. Their officers responded to a 911 call about 30 minutes prior regarding gunshots being heard in the area. When they arrived, three suspects had already left the scene, two on foot and one in a pickup.
The trio of poachers had shot a six-point buck, which sadly had to be euthanized. Norman Police and Warden Judkins searched the area for over an hour attempting to locate the suspects but it is believed they were picked up away from the scene by the suspect in the truck.
The truck is thought to be a white or silver extended cab, long bed pickup, with running lights on the top of each side mirror. The suspects used a handheld light to spot the deer and a large caliber rifle. A 'Mako' baseball cap was also recovered that may belong to one of the suspects.
The deer was able to be donated to a nearby neighbor who was able to use the meat.
If you have any information, please contact Warden Judkins at 405-850-9757 or Warden Strang at 405-323-7863 or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-522-8039. Callers can remain anonymous and there is a potential reward for any tip that leads to a conviction.