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.
There's no doubt that a quality photo from a hunt or a special harvest we have made adds immensely to the memories of that hunt that we take from that day forward. Having a picture framed sitting on our desk at work, mantel at home or stuck on a dresser in our bedroom can take us back to that special time and place in an instant and that's something very special. Some hunters enjoy a mount hanging on a wall, and all the memories it keeps inside it's furry or feathered exterior. Some don't...