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I went with 1-3 even though it's probably more....I couldn't prove it in the court of law they were. But the ones I did vote yes on, I know and the GW's know it. It's just a matter of actually catching them.
 

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Having just moved back to AR, I'd say no, not now. I had kin folk who did once and shot hawks for fun (or bragged about it anyways). I told them I'd report them or something to the effect of "will wrap your shotgun around a tree", if I saw them doing it. I think they stopped, or sure never mentioned it again around me.

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Depends on how you define 'poacher'. If it's killing a deer (legal or not) with no intention of tagging it of course would be.

Would you also include those that 'ground check' a small buck that looked like it had 3 on one side?

What if they check it online as a legal buck? Would they still be poaching then?

Would you consider 'helping a friend or relative fill their tags' (party hunting) to be poaching?

I believe all these offenses constitute poaching, at least as defined by law, and I know some folks that do this or at least have in the past.

What if they usually check them online and just forget?

I guess you could say I was a 'temporary poacher' this season. I shot a button buck 2 days after Christmas, but our check station was closed on the way back in so I was gonna check him online. When I got to the house my son was already asleep in the room with the computer and I just forgot about it until the week before last. I hate it that it slipped my mind, but I felt it was necessary to check it, even if the AGFC fines me for checking him in late. At least he's checked and my conscience is clear.
 

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Depends on how you define 'poacher'. If it's killing a deer (legal or not) with no intention of tagging it of course would be.

Would you also include those that 'ground check' a small buck that looked like it had 3 on one side?

What if they check it online as a legal buck? Would they still be poaching then?

Would you consider 'helping a friend or relative fill their tags' (party hunting) to be poaching?

I believe all these offenses constitute poaching, at least as defined by law, and I know some folks that do this or at least have in the past.

What if they usually check them online and just forget?

I guess you could say I was a 'temporary poacher' this season. I shot a button buck 2 days after Christmas, but our check station was closed on the way back in so I was gonna check him online. When I got to the house my son was already asleep in the room with the computer and I just forgot about it until the week before last. I hate it that it slipped my mind, but I felt it was necessary to check it, even if the AGFC fines me for checking him in late. At least he's checked and my conscience is clear.
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I voted 3-5. I have heard students bragging about it, but it would actually be one thing to prove it. I figure some just like to brag in front of their friends about it, but might or might not have actually done it.
 

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I guess first we need to define what the orginally poster of this poll believes poaching or poacher is. If it is defined as someone that makes it a habit of breaking game laws everytime you turn around then the number would very low. Or if the defination is that of the more serious game violations such as spot lighting, road hunting, wanton waste, hunting out of season and etc.

But if the defination is about anyone breaking any game regulation from time to time knowingly or unknowingly then the number is going to be alot higher. Under this defination pretty much 90% of the hunters fall under catergory and is probably higher especially if they have been hunting for a awhile.
 

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Yea I know a few...But u could be a poacher just by shooting a few min. before or after shooting times, that could throw a bunch of us in that poacher catagory...
Years ago I used to do a little duck hunting. Back then it was always pretty interesting to listen to where the first shots might come from. Usually it would be 5-10 minutes before actual shooting hours depending on weather conditions.
I used to find it amusing that one the first volley of shots was fired it was like someone opened the gates for the rest of the duck hunting world.
Most of the time we were never in ducks but one morning we happened to have ducks all over us just before shooting hours. We're watching quackers buzz by and all of a sudden one of the guys I was with said "Someone has to shoot first. Might as well be me." A few seconds later he's picking up a duck or two and gun shots are ringing out all over the bottoms.
 

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I guess first we need to define what the orginally poster of this poll believes poaching or poacher is. If it is defined as someone that makes it a habit of breaking game laws everytime you turn around then the number would very low. Or if the defination is that of the more serious game violations such as spot lighting, road hunting, wanton waste, hunting out of season and etc.

But if the defination is about anyone breaking any game regulation from time to time knowingly or unknowingly then the number is going to be alot higher. Under this defination pretty much 90% of the hunters fall under catergory and is probably higher especially if they have been hunting for a awhile.
A poacher is a poacher. These days I try to do everything by the book. It's just the right thing to do. I hate to see folks abusing the law, it hurts everyone in the game. Folks that say they have never are full of it. There are a lot of folks that kill deer out of shooting hours and never know it.
 

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I got to thinking last night, seems like alot of people break the laws if you want to get down to the fine details. For instance, who has ever shot a blackbird? Practically everyone at one time or another. Want to get technical about a blackbird? They are officially a SONGBIRD!
 
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