It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Ah spring! The time when a young man’s fancy turns to…alcoholic beverages and wild critters!!

Those of you who are still lucid enough to recall some of the more colorful details of your early adulthood and the years you spent pursuing a so-called higher education may vaguely remember some misbehavior you’d rather not see chronicled in your life’s memoirs.

Chances are good that your particular shenanigan(s) involved a cohort or two, as well as the consumption of a fermented or brewed beverage.

I’ve got a pretty good hunch that a pair of recent pranks that landed some college-age fellows in the slammer for a night will prompt some of the Outdoor Newshound faithful to remember one or two incidents from their past that they’d just as soon forget.

For example, there are the five students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located near Daytona Beach, Fla., who proved beyond doubt that they aren’t rocket scientists--at least not yet. The five 18 and 19-year-olds were arrested a few weeks ago when cops found them trying to steal a young alligator—using a palm frond and duct tape--from a Daytona-area miniature golf course’s “gator pit.”

Baby

Oh, yeah, the police report noted it was 3:28 in the morning when the arrests occurred.

The five were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on $1,000 bail.

When a cop asked one of the culprits what they planned to do with the reptile, the college sophomore admitted they hadn’t thought that far ahead.

And early yesterday morning, two University of Colorado students were arrested on suspicion of possession of a deadly weapon after university police found them on campus while carrying a camouflage case containing a compound bow and six broadhead-tipped hunting arrows.

Raccoon

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Wesley Ashwood, 24, and Jared Leidich, 22, told CU police Lt. Tim McGraw they were hunting raccoons.

Time: 2:50 a.m., Mountain Standard Time.

The officer said the two students could not articulate why they were targeting coons with a bow in the wee morning hours.

“It might have had something do to with their level of apparent intoxication,” reasoned McGraw.