Poaching is a subject that makes me so mad, and gets me so frustrated, that it is almost difficult for me to discuss. However it is a topic that needs to be discussed and brought to everyone’s attention. Today I read an article in our daily paper, The Salt Lake Tribune, asking for someone to turn in a poacher and receive a $5,000 reward. I wish I knew who it was so I could turn him in, not for the money, but to make a lesson out of him. I would probably even refuse the money because I would not feel right about taking money for doing what I know is right. We need to put an end to poachers and Hunting Addicts can help out to stop these incidents and protect the wildlife.
Here is the story from the Salt Lake Tribune:
- CEDAR CITY – State wildlife officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in a deer poaching case.
Conservation officer Chris Schulze says a farmer found the carcass of the deer in a field on a farm about two miles from Beryl Junction Saturday.
Schulze says the deer was a trophy buck. The animal had been shot three times with a small-caliber weapon and had been dead for several weeks.
Poaching is a third-degree felony punishable by a prison terms of up to five years.
I enjoy hunting and I enjoy the outdoors, but I have no tolerance for poachers. What they do gives all hunters a bad name, and takes time away from the DWR that could be spent doing great things (not that the DWR doesn’t do great things with the time they have).
Has anyone ever had an experience where they stopped a poacher, or turned someone in for poaching? Also, what can hunter’s do to help stop poaching?