As much as I love using deer meat in Tex-Mex food, I grasp the many reasons why you shouldn’t be able to buy a deer taco from a roadside stand. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for an Arkansas couple, who were recently arrested for selling venison from the side of Arkansas Highway 16. Officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission cited Fred Thomas Atkins III and his wife Betty Louise Williams for numerous violations, including buying and selling wildlife products. The White County couple was allegedly using the venison, as well as other wild game meat, in their tamales, according to an AGFC press release.
“The six-week investigation targeted the couple after undercover wildlife officers sold several deer to Atkins. The wildlife officers also purchased tamales suspected of being made with deer meat. Officers from the White County Sheriff’s Office and investigators with the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, along with the AGFC, were involved in the investigation. Capt. Bill Howell of the AGFC said the individuals were gathering as many illegal deer as they could get.”