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.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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