Does anybody have any stories, either positive or negative, about encounters with wildlife officers ("Friendly Forest Creatures" as I like to call them) that they would like to share? I have not had any experiences firsthand, buy I have been told a few.
On the positive side, my Dad talks about how he used to know several CDOW officers that were very friendly and helpful to hunters. Also, he has ran into a few NGPC officers in Nebraska that helped point him in the right direction for finding good turkey populations.
On the negative side, a friend of the family got in trouble for shooting a deer from the road, and that situation turned into a nightmare. The short, and probably biased version of the story, is that he had surgery on his foot about a week or so before hunting season, and he did not want to give up his rifle deer license while he recovered. When he was turned in, he cooperated fully with the officers, openly admitting to what he did wrong. He ended up getting a whole list of charges brought against him, including poaching, the Sampson Law (poaching a "trophy" animal), and abandonment of game (which he only did because the wildlife officer explicitly instructed him to leave the animal in the field).
I realize we probably have a few ex/current wildlife officers on this forum, and it would be interesting to hear from them as well.