August 31, 2008 at 10:59am
While I do not agree with hunting within fenced enclosures (it's all about the money), I am very glad to see that justice is about to be served. Trespassing, poaching or illegally taking of wildlife by anyone needs to be addressed with great vigor. I am originally from Natchez, MS and my family has had numerous problems with "so-called" hunters trespassing, cutting barbed wire fences, three wheelers, four wheelers, four wheel drive trucks, etc...just about any means available to go anywhere no matter what. My uncle has been shot at, has had his house shot several times...cows and horses shot at night...and I have even had a loaded gun pointed at me by trespassers. It got so bad at one time that "we" would call the law and load up our own guns to the hilt while waiting for the law to get there. When your property and personal safety are placed at risk by "so-called" hunters...then the whole concept of hunting takes a black eye. Today in Mississippi, even small tracts of land are now big business with hunting leases. People are now growing two crops; pine trees and hunting leases. To me, there is no difference between a poacher/trespasser than a burgular who breaks into your house...especialy when you KNOW that they are armed and are intent on shooting anything or anyone that gets in their way. Rest assured, after several close calls...poachers and trespassers had better take a moment to reflect on what they are about to do BEFORE they step a foot on private property (day or night). We have trail-cams with infrared that stand guard 24/7...even during turkey season. Try explaining to a judge why your picture appears on a trailcam that is several hundred yards INSIDE a fence...not a high fence...just a common barbed wire fence meant to keep cows and horse where they're supposed to be. So far, batting 100% on prosecution...and the word is getting out...stay off THAT piece of property. It's a shame...a real shame...that "so-called" hunting has come to this. I hope that this Bo Bo is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and made to provide restitution and community service on top of having his hunting/fishing privaleges (along with his pickup truck) forfeited. Enough said!!! To all ethical hunters, keep up the good work and enjoy our great outdoors and the fruits of your hard work, dedication and contribution to carrying on the sport of hunting.