Just wanted to see what kind of numbers I can get. Do you know a poacher?
What's your name and number, I'm going to make some money today!!!:thumb: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.
It is funny how while online some become straight and narrow law abiding citizens.Is there anyone on here that has never poached???
If you have in the past poached an animal and did not turn yourself in, you are a poacher.
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.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...
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.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.