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.
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.
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.