Oklahoma Watches and Warnings

Facebook feast: Authorities crack down on online meat sales

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OKLAHOMA - It's a staple in Oklahoma and, as we come to the tail end of deer hunting season, several hunters are turning online to sell their game meat.

But, if you're trying to make a quick buck off of buck meat, it could cost you much more.

"Usually, it's done out of ignorance," said Bill Hale with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "They just don't know any better."

Whether it be on Facebook, Craigslist, Ebay and so-on, authorities are finding more and more game meat sold online, which is illegal.

"Same way guns are being sold, cars are being sold, any market or media that you can get out there, that's how they're selling," Hale said. "You could probably find one or two instances on the computer somewhere every day if you spent a day looking."

The department recently shared one such example:

This post led to pending charges and it's illegal to buy the meat, as well.

However, there are exceptions to selling deer online.

"It's illegal to buy, sell, trade, barter, anything," Hale said. "You can't sell the meat, you can sell the hide and you can sell antlers that are disconnected from the skull blade."

Authorities said it's also acceptable for hunter's to give away game meat.

Hale tells NewsChannel 4 those caught selling game meat could face a large fine.

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