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Friday, March 3, 2017

Don't leave it there.

Oftentimes, those in society feel that if a person illegally shoots a critter such as a deer, he should take it and use it.  People are oftern tolerant of that in spite of what the law will say.  However, if a person shoots an animal, and drives away leaving it to rot in the field then hell hath no fury like a society that learns of that.

In one such case that I was involved in many years ago involved a group of people that felt this way and it on occaison, they were out in the country and observed and individual do this very thing.  They were outraged!  Immediately they called me and although, they knew me on a friendly basis, they all agreed that if the guy would have stopped and picked up his kill, they would not have said anything to me.  As it was, he did not do that.  They knew who he was and reported everything to me.

 

Sure enough, I went to the scene and located the deer and then contacted the individual who was summoned into court and paid his fine.

 

It is certainly not always this easy to catch a deer poacher and frankly, it often involves the help of the public.  Unfortunately, the attitude persists of the poor old guy needing meat for his family and it is ok for him to poach a critter.  Let's examine that idea for a moment.  Following this line of reasoning then, is it ok for a person to rob a bank or store to get money to feed his family?  I don't think society advocates that it is.  The wildlife of the land belongs to all of us and if it is to survive, we all must share in its protection.  We have seen a land without wildlife that occured about the turn of the twentieh century.  This was due in part to overshooting prior to that time and to habitat destruction that occured with the settlement of the country.  I really don't think we want to return to that time but if we engage in apathy towards poachers, that is what will happen.

 

I might also add that to take a gun and buy ammunition and get in your pickup and burn gas to drive into the country for the purpose of poaching is expensive!  If a guy is so poor that he needs to poach to eat, how can he afford to do that?  The idea of the poacher just trying to feed himself and his family because he can not afford food at the store is a myth.  Perhaps, it was true in the depression years but not now.  It is a myth that society must put to rest. 

7:11 am est 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pheasants in the Snow

Many years ago when I was stationed at Alliance, Nebraska, it was my duty to patrol Box Butte County for any legal violations that I ran across.  The day was clear and cold and snow covered everything but it was a perfect day for pheasant hunting.  I remember that I had covered a huge area and had found no sign of any hunters in the area and frankly, it had become a bit boring.  Suddenly, at about the end of the day, I drove along a gravel road that went up a high hill and at the crest of the hill, it gave a good view of the entire country side.  I could observe one lone hunter quite a ways off in the field and as I continued to watch him with my field glasses, I could observe him carrying a long gun in one hand and carrying something in the other hand.  When I drove to his location, however, he was only carrying a shotgun.  I inspected his hunting permit and asked him what he had been carrying in his other hand.  He replied that it was a Jackrabbit and he simply got tired of carrying it and left it in the field.  I suspected this was not true and it was very easy to follow his footprints in the snow to the alleged jackrabbit except, it was three hen pheasants that I found.  His were the only human tracks in the snow so, there was not doubt that he was carrying them when I observed him initially and had dropped them when he observed me drive up to him.  Of course, he was issued a summons and paid for his crime in court.  I am still amazed at how I went the entire day without observing any activity and suddenly, without warning he popped up on my radar screen.

10:32 am est 

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