How to tell is your hunting or fishing partner is telling a lie. Watch for the inevitable signs that someone is telling a whopper - not landing one.

The average person hears 10 lies a day.

So says Pamela Meyer in her new book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.”

Meyer said she wrote the book because she “believes that there is a deception epidemic going on in our society.”

Her 10 lies a day do not include dozens of “white lies” that are told daily to protect someone’s fragile feelings.

Meyer contends that most of us can distinguish a lie from the truth only about half the time. She says we can better our odds by observing subtle nuances in body language.

A raised eyebrow, someone fiddling with their cuffs or their watch, one corner of the mouth turned down — all can be lie detectors. Too much direct eye contact (studies show the amount of direct eye contact in a normal conversation is around 60 percent), phrases like “honestly,” “to tell the truth,” “absolutely” and “no doubt” are dead giveaways.

Just between you and me, I’m honestly and absolutely 100 percent certain that there’s no doubt that most of us already knew those affirmations of honesty were suspect.

Sometimes the lie gets so big it collapses on itself.

John Clay, who had been convicted of poaching 10 times in Ohio, had to try it one more time. Hunting out of season in Ohio, he poached the highest-scoring typica.

Since he shot the deer out of season in Ohio, Clay took it across the state line into Kentucky, where it was deer season, and turned it in there. It was the new Kentucky state record.

Clay put together such a great story and achieved such fame that he was made a “pro staff” member of a TV hunting website.

Riding his wave of popularity, Clay was holding court in a “hero hunter” booth at the Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo when an Ohio hunter recognized Clay’s trophy as the same deer he had taken pictures of the past summer — 60 miles from the Kentucky state line.

Not only that, the Ohio hunter previously had showed his pictures and video to the local game warden, because the deer was so big that he wanted no shroud of suspicion should he be lucky enough to legally harvest the buck he had nicknamed Big Boy.

Clay knew the jig was up when Ohio game warden Chris Gilkey came into his booth and started laying down pictures taken in Adams County, Ohio, where Big Boy routinely grazed in a bean field. Gilkey told Clay he knew the deer was taken illegally and he could prove it. Clay caved. He said, “I can’t deny any of it.”

In exchange for jail time, Clay paid a nominal fine, gave up his gun and bow and has lost hunting privileges for life — in 34 states. Not much of a punishment for a serial poacher who doesn’t hunt legally anyway.

Clay claimed to be honestly sorry — here we go again.