Its cases like this that make me sick at times. Some states you can get off with mearly a slap on the wrist and other will toss the book at you. A $4000 fine for shooting deer illegaly, at night with a spotlight, and the several other laws they broke. Come on thats a slap on the wrist in my opinion. I say a slap on the wrist as I am ashamed to admit it but have no regrets tell it as it may prevent it from happening to someone else.
That is, 3 years ago while stationed in CA I took a 40y shot at a trotting buck and the passthrough hit a doe on the other side. Droping both in there tracks. My hunting partner and I packed them out whole and I called the CA DFG to request a warrden to meet me. When they arrived they not only took my buck and the doe, mind you you can't shoot doe in CA except in certain special draw hunts, and wrote me a ticket for illegal taking of a doe. I went to court the judge said the minimum fine was $3,800 and 6 month's in jail for shooting a doe illegaly. At this point I informed him I was active duty military and 6 month's in jail would clasify me as AWOL and I would face double jeperdy and do brig time in Levenworth when I got out. 3 court apperances later and a conferance call during court with the 2 wardens the judge agreed it was an accident and I did the right thing by turning myself in. However he was a stickler for the law and said if it wasn't for the fact I was military I would have gotten the max fine and time. Instead I lost my hunting privlages for the rest of the year and received a $200 fine and 6 monthes probation and a mistamenor on my record.
While I make no excuses for my actions that day I do feel lucky with the outcome. But this just brings to light how diverse each state's laws are in reguards to game violations. More often than not you hear about the poaching violations. I would really like to see the stats on accidental game law violations and there fines in relation to the poaching cases and fines to see just how close they are.
I am sure glad I live in Texas and can take 5 deer per season, up to three bucks and no hassle about does. If you get treated that way for being honest, the alternative does not seem so bad. I congratulate you for being honest but recommend moving to a better state like texas.
What makes this recent poacher incident really sick is that in over 3/4 of Maryland you can take 11 deer (1 buck and 10 does) per method of take. Yes, you can get up to 33 deer for under 40 dollars. There are a few counties where you can take unlimited does with a bow.
I took a 3x3 buck on my first day of modern firearm hunting on public land without any pre-season scouting. Not my preferred method but the job comes first. Also I was almost run over by 3 deer while squirrel hunting last week. I can't see any reason to poach with as many deer as we have. You have better chance of getting a deer than a rabbit.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...