Linet Navarro of Chandler likes to bake cakes and kill deer.
On Nov. 8, Navarro killed the biggest whitetail of her life and perhaps the largest ever by a woman with a bow in Oklahoma. Her non-typical buck has a net green score of 175 2/8.
A check of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Cy Curtis records — a listing of big deer killed by Oklahoma hunters — show that larger non-typical bucks have been killed by female hunters with a gun, although it appears none have with a bow.
The Wildlife Department does not distinguish between male and female hunters in the Cy Curtis record book.
“Maybe they should,” Navarro said. “They could start it this year.”
The Wildlife Department keeps records for both typical and non-typical racks. Basically, typical antlers are those that look normal, or the same on each side. Non-typical antlers are those that do not look normal and often have points going off in different directions.
Navarro, 33, killed the buck in Lincoln County on her and her husband's hunting lease.
“I have hunted hard for a long time to get a buck like that,” she said. “I got my first deer when I was 15. I got my second deer when I was 26. It was a pretty big gap but I had two kids in between.”
Navarro said neighbors had seen the buck on trail cameras but her first look at him was the day she shot him.
“He was highly coveted,” she said.
Navarro was in her stand the morning of Nov. 8 when she heard a noise 40 yards to her left. She assumed it was a cow because cattle had been interfering with her previous hunts.
She glanced back and saw the buck easing down the middle of a dry creek bed. She had a grunt call zipped in her pocket but didn't dare go for it and spook the buck.
Instead, she imitated a grunt call with her mouth to get the buck to stop so she could take a shot.
“I could not believe that worked,” Navarro said.
In addition to deer hunting, Navarro's other pastime is baking cakes. She operated a cake baking business out of her home until the Oklahoma Department of Health informed her last January that she had to be licensed and meet certain specifications.
Now, she just bakes for family, friends and nonprofit groups, such as Icing Smiles, which provides cakes for critically ill children.
And occasionally she will bake a cake with an outdoors theme, like the three-layer wedding cake she once made that included a dead buck, an armadillo and a topping of two skunks with tails that formed a heart.
That's what the bride ordered.
“I told her she picked the right baker,” Navarro said.