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California man convicted of poaching trophy deer -
posted 3 weeks ago
@Joe W. You win. Gonna bow out of this discussion. Not why I use the GoHunt platform. Best of luck in 2020.
@ Mark T. May I suggest you might have found yourself dealing with an official who had a bad day, or maybe the officer is simply not a nice person. I don't know. But, all of these individuals are protecting the resources that you and I value so greatly. I've only been hunting a couple years. I have been blessed in that I've had great luck--elk my first elk hunt year, deer my first deer hunt, antelope my first antelope hunt, etc... Last year, around 8am on opening morning I shot another elk (I hunt hard, but I'm very lucky). I lost it. I looked. I did everything I could to find it. I didn't . It was devastating because I felt I'd taken a great shot (just 65 yards on level ground). I found it 4-days later. I left. I drove from SE Idaho to CA, logged into Idaho's game portal, marked my tag as filled (figured they'd want to know I killed an elk) and went about my business. For weeks I questioned whether I'd keep hunting. The phone rang. It was Idaho fish and game. The official, doing his job, had written down my plate number while it sat at a trailhead on a whim. Later, another hunter reported a dead elk that was not harvested. He called me. At first he was all business. I told him my story. By the end of our conversation he was encouraging me to keep hunting. He told me losing animals can happen. He gave me his number and said he'd be happy to help a new hunter if I had any questions. Last week I called him to thank you for the encouragement and that I'd just bought a new book on trailing animals in hopes of never again experiencing what I did last year. I share this story with you because bad apples rarely represent an entire group of individuals. Just the thoughts of an adult onset hunter. Good luck in 2020.
@Joe W. There is a difference between oversight and purposefully buying a feeder, loading the feeder, analyzing the deer coming to the feeder, picking out the trophy you want to hang on the wall and killing said trophy. With all due respect your responses reads like they are from a person a warden should look into.
Well said, Cody B.
Great news. Good to see our CDFW doing good work and kudos to the court for sending a message--this kind of behavior comes with consequences.
Kristen A. Schmitt