Sounds like they are going to hang him high. Here in La. if you are caught killing a bear unless you can prove you were in danger ie. bites and scraches, it is up to 50,000 dollar fine and 10 years in a fed. pen but they are protected here.
I hope people will soon realize that the rules and laws are in everyones best interest. Yeah, sometimes they can be restrictive; but there will be plenty years ahead of good population for my kids and yours.
No doubt, but there is fitting punishment to meet the crime. I fail to see how ten years on the tax payers dime for killing a single black bear fits the crime.
I'm not advocating lesser sentencing for poachers or trying in anyway to justify poaching in any way shape or form; but 10 years in the clink? Good gravy!
There are teenagers who drink/drive and unwittingly get in an accident that kills somebody (involuntary manslaughter) and serve much less time. Certainly we don't want to go around handing out stiffer sentences to people that kill an animal out of season intentionally than people who involuntarily kill people.
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...