Re: Arizona GFD Seeking Help on Poaching of 2 Bighorn Sheep
I became aware of this unfortunate incident a couple of days prior to the public news articles telling of it. I was certainly disgusted enough at hearing about it and then came the Associated Press story telling about it and I hit the roof. While the article posted here appropriately calls the offenders what they are, POACHERS, the widely circulated Associated Press article repeatedly referred to the offenders as HUNTERS. I am sure the article was written by some ignorant fool that has absolutely no idea of what hunting is or about the North American Model for Game Management. Hopefully, these idiots will be caught and exposed for what they are, common criminals. I pray they are sentenced to prison time and pay hefty fines. Meanwhile, the ignorance of the members of the press needs to be changed to reflect the facts about the difference between hunters and criminals.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...