Damn, that sucks. I used to want to go into that line of work, but my father mentioned how it's one of the most dangerous jobs out there, primarily since everyone you deal with will most likely be carrying a gun. So instead, I am chasing drug smugglers around the southern border. Go figure.
Chasing drug dealers around our borders is an important job and like our military vets you deserve out thanks and appreciation for doing a tuff job. It seems like you and your colleagues don't get the support that you really deserve. It is a scary place there on the border from what I read and see on tv.
25 shell casings found at the scene... that is scary. That sounds like it was quite the fire fight. I sure wish things would have happened differently. That is such a tragedy that he had to die in such a stupid way. I can not believe that the poacher figured that it was worth killing a good man over a spike buck. That is just crazy.
It is crazy, but unfortunately it is not uncommon today. So many criminals are convicted of crimes, do little or no time and then go on to commit violent crimes. Many people are killed by repeat offenders over small amounts of money or sneakers and so on.
These criminals not only kill someone, they wreck families and children's futures when they rob them of their parent.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...