The rut’s not the only thing heating up. Deer hunters in one Texas county are being urged to watch out for illegal pot patches in the wake of a raid that netted three tons of harvested weed.

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More than a week ago officials discovered nearly three tons of marijuana in Liberty County. The piles of harvested pot found on the 300-acre raid is not a problem found only in Liberty County. “It’s not unlikely,” Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Galloway said. “We have had hunters call us and tell us that they have found patches. We haven’t had any this year, but it’s not uncommon.” He said hunters should keep an eye out, they may spot more than just deer this hunting season. Galloway said people usually don’t grow marijuana on their own land, they’ll start an illegal grow on national forest land or on a hunting lease.

“If they [hunters] happen to realize that they’ve stumbled into a substantial marijuana grow, and that could be anything from 10 plants to 1,000 plants,” Galloway said. “If they realize they’re in amongst that, ease their way out of that. Be very careful. Look around, watch where they’re walking. They may have gotten in safely, try and follow the same trail that they went in on out, because marijuana growers have been known to boobytrap their fields to keep mostly police officers and other dopers out of their fields.” He said hunters should keep a cell phone on them in case they get caught in a dangerous situation.

Anyone ever stumbled across an illegal growing operation or meth lab? How did you react?