Hunting season is nearly over, or as it’s known here in the Battle River valley, poaching season (although I’m not sure that poachers would respect season dates any more than they respect anything else).
A few days ago, two guys went onto private land, without permission; shot into posted land which is illegal; tried to get through a locked gate, without permission; drove away when it looked like they would be questioned; came back in the middle of the night, cut the chain that locked the gate — vandalism; drove through another gate and across a pasture — trespassing; dragged an illegal deer out of the bush and cleaned up the bloody snow, threw it in their truck and drove away.
It’s disgusting that they will get away with it, but the most shameful thing is that by these actions, legitimate hunters that abide by the rules, that show respect for the land, landowners and wildlife are all tarred by the same brush.
Poaching is NOT hunting. Shame on them.