March 24, 2018

Poachers Caught In Grand Teton National Park

You know, although I switched from hunting with guns to hunting with cameras years ago, I respect the right of anyone who wants to, to get up in the middle of the night, dress in camo clothing, and chase the wild animal of their choice. It’s a time-honored tradition in the west and a large part of our heritage.

On the other hand, if there’s one thing I can’t tolerate in any degree it’s so-called “hunters” who feel they are somehow above the rules the rest of us play by. Last week park rangers in Grand Teton National Park arrested two men for attempting to poach an elk in the park. Really. Where’s the challenge in walking up to an elk in a place where they’re not afraid of people, and sticking it with an arrow?

In my estimation, these people are not hunters — they are thieves. Anyone who stoops low enough to hunt in a national park is a loser and the hunting community should be outraged by this behavior. Not only are these people not honorable in any way, they give the rest of us a bad name.

If you come to Idaho to hunt or fish, do so according to the regulations. If you think you’re just too weak of character to do that, go hunt somewhere else — you’re not welcome here. Our game is managed and our herds are growing. These animals are a treasured resource in Idaho and there is no room here for someone who thinks they’re above the law. So if you’re a hunter or fisherman who believes in chasing your quarry according to the rules and regulations, we welcome you with open arms. If not . . . we look forward to having you ply your craft elsewhere. ‘nough said.


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