So a group of film-making hipster morons in New York are getting a lesson in what it means to get caught poaching. They’ll probably get off with a slap on the wrist where if you or I did the same stupid thing we’d be hit with a $2,000 fine and jail time.
This is one of the reasons I started off my hunting series on learning the legalities. These MENSA candidates didn’t even know there were regulations. Well, there are, and they’re taken very seriously. How seriously? Seriously enough that I’ve known people who’ve been rounded up in sting operations because they were out hunting when they shouldn’t have been. Seriously enough that when you do take a deer and mount that beautiful rack on your wall, the tag you used to kill him with must follow that rack forever. Get caught without it, and you’re a poacher.
That’s why it’s important to do your research and know the regulations beforehand. That’s why you tag that deer you shoot right away and not wait on it. The game wardens are out there, and they take their jobs seriously, and so should you.
Sometimes it seems draconian, but one of the reasons we get to hunt deer year after year is that the populations are managed so that they’re A. not hunted down to nothing and B. not allowed to grow so numerous that they eat themselves into extinction. Those regulations are put in place toward that end.
Hat tip: Shalt Not Be Questioned
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