Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Large Deer Poaching Investigation In The Ozarks

© By Othmar Vohringer

As a hunter it sickens me when I read stories such as the one below.

The Conservation Department of Missouri states in a press release that conservation agents closed a two year investigation on a large-scale illegal wildlife and wildlife parts commercialization.

A total of 299 serious violations in seven counties across southern Missouri were documented and 240 items were seized at a taxidermy shop. Investigators discovered and documented that 62 percent of the wildlife brought in for mounting at a taxidermy shop was taken illegally.

The violators were all arrested, which is good news but it still leaves me with a gut wrenching feeling. I hate poachers, they are thieves that steal wildlife from law abiding hunters and give all hunters a bad reputation, and that is besides disrespecting the animals they killed.

We hunters have to be vigilante at all times. If you see poaching in progress or witness something that doesn't look right in the field or by a taxidermist, or anywhere else for that matter, don’t approach the person/s, instead phone the wildlife officers. Let them take care of it. Every U.S. State and Canadian Province has a poaching hot line commit it to your memory.

You can read the full story here.


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Anonymous said...

Plain and simple, it is guys like that that make us good hunters look bad.

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Othmar Vohringer said...

That is the worst of it. People like you, me and many other try hard to educate the public about what true hunters are and then a few idiots like these in the story ruin it. sadly bad news travels faster than good news.


whitetail outfitter said...

that is awful. that really gives good, honest hunters a bad name.

Albert A Rasch said...

But fellows,

it's good to know that people are working to keep that kind of hooliganism in check. As OV said, it is up to all of us to be vigilant and willing to step forward!

I'll have to link to this!

Best regards,
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Sporting Classics!

Hunter said...

This is sickening. They need to throw the book at these poachers and the taxidermist. Sadly, I think there are still a lot of people out there like this.

Keith Johnson said...

You and the comments here are so correct. It is stealing from you and me and the environment and everyone who buys a license and plays by the rules. Some people already have a bad stereo type opinion of hunters and hunting, This hurts everything about what we love and the penalties must be severe. Very damaging in many ways and even threatens our future to enjoy hunting. Just can't say enough about the strong feelings that come over me.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Keith your comment are my sentiments exactly. There are no words, at least not words I could print here on a family website, to express how i feel about poachers and what should happen with them.


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