District Court Judge James Berkley Boyd sentenced Lloyd to 120 days in jail and ordered Lloyd to pay $2,500. The sentence also included 45 hours community service and the requirement that Lloyd forfeit the five firearms seized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife during the investigation. Lloyd was sentenced for willful destruction of wildlife and illegal possession of wildlife. In addition, Lloyd paid a $25,000 surcharge for violating the state's Samson Law, which seeks to protect Colorado's trophy-size wildlife.
Seems like an appropriate penalty to me for a first-time poacher. Maybe make him and others think twice in the future.
For me the important issue here is that it was very clearly deliberate poaching. This was not a case of shooting at one animal and hitting another. This was not a case of being out legally hunting, seeing a trophy ram, and just not being able to resist taking the shot. This was a simple, undeniable case of going out with the clear intention of killing a ram out of season and without a license.
For that, I'm not so sure 120 days in jail is enough.
The quandary of all hunters is how do I give myself the best chance to take home a trophy animal after shelling out hundreds of dollars for that coveted tag in another state. I face this issue this year with an Antelope tag in Colorado. Now I know that Antelope should be the easiest tag to fill in NorthWest Colorado. They are everywhere, but how do we give ourselves the best chance to take home that one animal that eludes everyone else. My advice, first and foremost, is don't shoot your...