Tuesday marked the beginning of dove hunting season in Oklahoma.
But, someone driving on Highway 412 near Ringwood in Major County spotted some illegal hunting going on two days before the start of the season.
Game wardens were called out and discovered so much more than just hunting violations.
“This is an unusual case in the fact that there were so many violations, some of them hunting violations, some of them other violations,” said Bill Hale, assistant chief of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation.
They also discovered the men were using wheat as bait, which is illegal while hunting doves.
But, perhaps, the most surprising find was their dove blind.
“A dove blind’s anything that conceals you from the bird, you know, it lets you hide a little bit. It can be tall grass, it can be shrubs,” Hale said. “They just happened to build one out of marijuana plants.”
The plants were several feet tall and tied to some posts.
The game warden escorted one of them home to get a driver’s license and found other drug paraphernalia, along with a hawk fan and talons. And, it’s illegal to kill a bird of prey.
“You can’t even possess them,” Hale said. ” You couldn’t even find it and pick it up.”
John Poslick was arrested on several outstanding warrants.
All men were ticketed for the hunting violations and could be facing more charges.
“I’ve never seen a case where they start early, have 50 extra dove, bait a field, hunt out of a marijuana blind,” Hale said. “That actually sounds more like something you’d see in a story or a movie than it does real life.”