Quebec and New Brunswick Stop Large Scale Poaching Ring
Glad to see that our DNR is paying attention to poaching. The damage that these poachers cause to our herds is significant. I sure hope that there on-going operations with regard to illegal marten trapping as well as big game. It has been widely speculated in fur harvesting circles that a large number of marten are taken up north before the season begins each fall.
I also hope that more hunters keep a sharp eye for anything suspicious in their neck of the woods....as responsible hunters, reporting illegal activity is one of the few ways to curb this threat to the game and fur-bearing animals of our province.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...