I read an article yesterday on mule deer poaching in Oregon and the statistics (taken with 500 radio collared deer) were shocking.
Of this group of 500 deer - and if I read the article correctly - you would draw the conclusion that more deer were poached than were taken legally.
This disturbed me greatly so I did some Google searches on poaching in these two states.
I ran into more anti-hunting propaganda than you could shake a stick at!
There were numerous groups that were offering some serious reward money for certain well publicized animals that were poached - and for poaching in general.
Since it is obvious that hunters are responsible for the poaching (I can draw no other conclusion), this is an incredible cancer from within.
What I could not find - and I looked - were any gross roots pro-hunter groups that were seeking to use education and advertising to help prevent poaching.
Enforcement is sure not turning the tide - if some of the stats I read are accurate.
Who has suggestions on what we might do - collectively - to begin some type of group that attempts to stem poaching before it starts?
Maybe we start with something as simple as a website.... and start looking for some backing from some of the manufacturers of hunting hear... or maybe a "slot" here on BGH - a soapbox of sorts to preach from?
I hate to give the anti's anything... and we are handing them poaching on a silver platter...
BTW - I do not single out CO or OR - I am sure many other states have the same issue, including my home state of SC... we are loaded up with rednecks that will shoot anything that walks - any time of the day...