October 18, 2011 at 11:21pm
what disgusts me most about this thread, is everyone that called this man a poacher, simply jumped to that conclusion. did anyone take into consideration that perhaps this man got lost, or turned around and accidentally walked through? its happened to all of us whether we want to admit it or not. we have all gotten turned around, or been confused about exactly where we were, whether it be hunting or fishing. perhaps this person was hunting the adjacent property and got lost and was trying to find his way out. what is this person was diabetic or hypoglycemic, got down sick and was desperately trying to find their vehicle and their medication?
if you have not seen any physical proof of poaching that would stand up in a court of law, such as deer blood on the ground from a deer you know you didnt kill, or had the person been dragging a deer behind him, then he isnt a poacher, the worst crime he commited would be accidental trespassing.
very rarely do poachers walk in broad daylight with a climbing stand on their back. poachers know what they are doing is illegal so they prefer spot lights to blind deer and the cover of darkness to escape. poachers are lazy and wouldnt be trying to still hunt as this person was clearly doing with the climbing stand on their back.
im not saying he wasnt trespassing, but perhaps it was an accident. i think some of you were too quick to jump to conclusions and accuse this man of something he might or might not have done.
ask yourself this, if you got lost, or disoriented in the woods and were desperately trying to find your way out of the woods, and you accidently walked across someones bran pile, what would be on your mind? poaching a deer or trying to find the path the hunter that put the bran down used to find your way out and get some help?
its clear whats on some peoples minds, but when we actually stop to consider all the variables, which makes more sense?