What I don't get is people that usually poach, or at least those that get caught waste the animal. I know they caught some guy around here that shot a buck just to shoot it and left it all, including rack. This guy has dollars as he owned a bed and breakfast so I have little sympathy. If it were a poor man feeding his family (but don't shoot a trophy buck) I might be able to make a little sense of it.
I still feel he got off rather easily considering the crime. Seems kinda weird the game warden just happened to "find the guy on the net". They must have had a lead and were keying in on this B&B fella.
Challis is a beautiful place, full of deer and elk. When I was a young un, I had family in Challis and remember seeing deer everywhere, including in my uncle's backyard...
What a moron, doesn't fill his tag during the season, poaches one a couple of days after the season ends and "fills his tag." He could have at least packed out the meat. Nobody probably would have cared if he had done that. Heck, a lot of Idahoans wouldn't even have a problem with it if he hadn't wasted the meat. I would, but I tear my unfilled tags up very ceremoniously the day after season closes and have a good cry.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...