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Louisiana Road Poachers Nabbed; Get Massive Fines

by Game & Fish Online Staff   |  October 17th, 2012 2

We live in a culture where you don’t have to get out of your car to do much of anything. We’ve got drive thru dining, drive thru pharmacies and even drive thru liquor stores.

And now thanks to four Louisiana men, there’s drive thru poaching.

The biggest difference between poaching and your typical drive thru, however, is that these four men pulled off the lot with some $86,000 in fines and 76 counts of illegally killing five deer. According to the Hamburg Reporter, James Moore and friends drove all the way to Iowa to poach trophy bucks. They were apprehended because of an anonymous tip submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to Deb Howe, a state conservation officer.

“These men came to Iowa specifically to road hunt trophy bucks during the rut,” said Howe. “They did not have any licenses or tags to hunt in Iowa during the time they were here.”

That wasn’t all, though. Three of the other men were also charged with similar crimes in Kansas, where they also did a little drive by poaching. Court proceedings are expected to begin in November, and the men also had to forfeit the hunting rifles they used in the alleged crimes.

Just think: With all the money and effort these four men spent in this $4-a-gallon-for-gas economy—with all the nearly 100 G’s in fines and confiscated rifles—they could have paid to go on a legal trophy hunt for a fraction of that cost. Not sure a whole lot of thinking went in to that decision.

  • Nick Gilmore

    The lead photo is of a TEXAS hunting license, not Louisiana. Of course, that is a LEGAL hunter about to fill out his deer tag, not a poacher.

  • John ODonnell

    Wildlife is a natural treasure and resource. It benefits everyone where it exists. These mutts are violating one of the basic ethical tenants of conservation. Lock em away (after the fine) and throw away the key.

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