But his pride turned to embarrassment when state Rep. Terry Harrison was told what he did might have been illegal because he didn't have a permit to shoot the animal.
The McAlester News-Capital reports that Harrison's friend, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden Shane Fields, called him after seeing the story in the newspaper and suggested he research hunting regulations.
Harrison says his heart "just sunk" when he realized his mistake. He called the agency and a game warden wrote him a $296 ticket.
Harrison says he wrote some of the state's hunting laws and should've known better.