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.
- Apparently big bucks are worth risking your life for, or so thought four Tennessee men who were suspected of illegally killing “hundreds” of deer by sneaking into areas of Fort Campbell in that state that are closed to hunting because they are used for munitions training in order to chase down trophy bucks nobody else could hunt. The illegal activities were first discovered after wildlife and local law enforcement officials on Fort Campbell confronted two men who had been spotted entering the closed area.
Jim Edward Page, 43, and Curtis Wallace, 45, were caught by police and admitted to trespassing. The initial charges led to further investigation that revealed the involvement of two other men, Wendell Taylor, 43, and Gregory Crokarell, 41 and as many as 41 deer mounts and antlers. Many of the illegally confiscated mounts had been taken to a taxidermist for mounting. In a plea agreement, Wallace lost his hunting privileges for seven years, was fined $2,500, received one-year probation and ordered to surrender his mounts. He still faced possible federal charges, while his co-conspirators awaited trials as well. (Pictured above: Tennesse wildlife officers at Fort Campbell press conference.)