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Poacher already striking

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I've been going up to the lease for a couple of weeks now to video turkeys. I put up a feeder a little over a month ago just to keep some turkeys in the area. I have three strutters that I have been videoing, along with seven hens. I went up there Wednesday morning to video. I only heard one bird gobble. I didn't think much of it, but a couple of hours after daylight and no turkeys, I had a feeling something was wrong. When I got in my blind before daylight, I noticed my flap was open. I closed the blind the last time I was there. After a couple of hours I walked to the feeder and saw a bunch of feathers. Way too many feathers from fighting. I knew at least one of the gobblers was shot. When I was coming out on the road, I saw tire tracks where someone had driven in far enough where they would not be visible from the county road. I don't know how many he has killed. It pisses me off when I put in time and money to turkey hunt and some low life just disregards the posted property and actually gets in my blind to kill turkeys over a month before season even opens. I put a few cameras out to try and at least get a picture of his truck if he comes back. I'm sure he will. I live in Louisiana, so I can't be up there all the time to try and catch him. I also took the feeder and blind out. I don't want to make it any easier for him to kill what gobblers might remain. I'm going back up there next week to check the cameras. I have got to get a couple of cellular cameras. Don't know why I haven't done it yet. Looks like a promising season may end up being a bust because of one or more idiots that can't abide by the laws. I know I'm not the only one here that has to deal with trespassers and poachers, but this just irritates the crap out of me.
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What county is your land in?
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Same here. Also had meth. Probably getting as much hunting done now as he can before sentencing.
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