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Comment by Boyd Winsor on October 31, 2017 at 8:44am

Yesterday while checking a few rabbit snares, I came across a dead bull calf on a sod farm off the  Markland road. It had its throat cut and obviously the perpetrator knew what happened. They shot the cow as well as there were ravens and a bald eagle scavenging off the remains at the edge of a bog some five hundred feet away. I am going to report the incident to wildlife but know that it is a waste of time. Still I feel compelled to not let this go. When the moose are all gone we will have no one but ourselves to blame. By the way, the poaching operation to which Ray Hynes is referring to operates behind Carbonear. The center of operations is into Peg's Pond. It is a very organized operation and has been going on for years. I informed wildlife where it was, how they are taking the animals out, etc., but nothing was done and to my knowledge it is still going on. I can go on with that one but I digress.

Comment by Ray Hynes on October 31, 2017 at 7:12am

That's easy, so called 

'willlife management " is a bit of a joke.  Some day, sometime, those turkeys in Environment Dept., will realize that policies and attitudes have to change before it is dam near too late, and the species has a reached a critical low.

Comment by aj collins on October 26, 2017 at 6:03pm
You are absolutely right time for the government to wake up and realize that too
Comment by Peter Emberley on October 26, 2017 at 5:23pm
Boyd that is happening everywhere. People are to lazy to go look for the animal. Only for you were there and saw what happened, a beautiful bull would have been wasted.

Our moose are treated like garbage from the majority of people.
Everyone needs to wake up, our moose is a very important resource that needs to be protected.
Comment by Boyd Winsor on October 26, 2017 at 4:10pm

Got me moose and never fired a shot. I witnessed three guys on a hill firing at two moose on a bog. They downed a cow but the bull got away. I knew they struck the bull and they never even went to check on it. My buddy and I decided to check out where the bull went into the woods and sure enough there was a good blood trail. I never got fifty feet in the woods and there was a lovely 14 point bull dead. I was both pissed off at the lack of sportsmanship on the part of the laddos and elated at having gotten it over with finally. Seriously though, what is going on with people?

Comment by Jordan Harris on October 25, 2017 at 9:06am

Rabbits very scarce out my way

Comment by kenneth Griffiths on October 25, 2017 at 7:13am
Trying to give hunters a good name is hard to come by. I wonder why. This will be just like the rabbit season once it's gone it's going to be some hard to get back.
Comment by Peter Emberley on October 24, 2017 at 9:53pm
My thoughts are not fit to print.
Comment by aj collins on October 24, 2017 at 9:34pm
I have a picture of that cow and calf and it's not fit they were shot on in the night on Friday the 13 or in the early morning on 14 I have a friend that works on the fields down there
Comment by Jordan Harris on October 24, 2017 at 9:15pm

Bonavista Peninsula, I was glad to be seeing as many as I have this year. Managed to call a few in and got with 15feet of one bull.  Unfortunately in one are out this way someone discovered a cow and calf shot and left on a farm field. Poachers i suspect 

Comment by Peter Emberley on October 24, 2017 at 8:27pm

That's good sign. Gives us hope that not all areas are being cleaned out.

What area of the island? Nothing specific just general area. 

Thanks for posting Jordan.

Comment by Jordan Harris on October 24, 2017 at 7:58pm

Area 29, Never had a licence this year but in the certain area i have been small game hunting I have seen 10 moose over the last couple weeks 

Comment by Peter Emberley on October 17, 2017 at 7:46pm
The amount of moose crippled and left to suffer or rot is staggering. I have heard people bragging they shot 4 or 5 moose opening day while not filling their own tags.
The Hunter code of ethics is non existent in this province. It's disgusting to say the least.

My son had a license this year, it has been filled by a dry cow.
He passed on the first bull because he wasn't comfortable with making a clean kill. He passed on 2 more bulls later in the day. The monster bull was less than 100 yards. He wouldn't shoot because all he could see was the antlers and it's back as it trotted along.
Out came the other bull. Again he was less than 100 yards this time the moose was in the open. When he got ready to shoot he noticed the stock had come loose from the barrel and the scope also loosened up. He wouldn't shoot because he was worried he would cripple it and not make a clean kill. We left there came back to town and got the rifle fixed.
Next day a cow with a small calf stood broadside to us about 40 yards away. He wouldn't shoot it because of the calf.
2 trips later we had a cow come out in front of us and he filled his license.

Oh and that monster bull ended up getting hit the next morning and took off in the woods. The other bull that was in the area was killed by the same person that crippled the monster bull.
Comment by Ray Hynes on October 17, 2017 at 1:22pm

The inland Fish and Wildlife crowd have a serious public relations problem/attitude.
In that job, if you don't have the public working with you, you are not working. In enforcement and protection, you are only as good as the help you get. No public relations, no help. end of story.

Comment by Boyd Winsor on October 17, 2017 at 11:43am

Conservation is a dirty word with this bunch  we have in Govt. 

Comment by Ray Hynes on October 16, 2017 at 8:34pm

On the moose hunting, I have area 100.  Been out 5 times so far and have not seen as much as a print.  Did see where some moose were taken BEFORE the season opened. On Boyd's comment, my area also takes in 3km of area 31.  No sign in there either.  Several factors at work here.  The NALCOR operations have seriously interrupted the habitat and habits of moose.  Another factor, and probably more serious, is amount of pouching.  Last week I learned of 2  'sportsman' from one small community, were after shooting 9 moose so far, and probably more by now.  Another from Trinity Bay is rumored to have shot 23 last season, taking orders from people who prefer to sit and watch TV,  rather than enjoy the challenges that nature offers.  I am sure, you who are reading this, are well aware of what I talking about.  The provincial government couldn't give a rat's ass about the preservation of wildlife, despite the fact that the hunting sport is a self-sustaining activity, and does not cost the government a red cent.  On the contrary, we feed other other government projects, when the funds should go towards more enforcement related activity.  The government only PRETENDS to care about the environment, and tries to massage the minds of the people into thinking they are on top of it all. BS.  
Shall I continue.  Not enough wild life officers, and of those that are, only a small percentage are dedicated to the job..

Comment by Boyd Winsor on October 16, 2017 at 7:32pm


Comment by kenneth Griffiths on October 16, 2017 at 10:31am
Area 31 is shot up. I hear hunters talking about how they missed the moose but never went to see if it was hit. That will decline a population for sure. I have only seen 1 moose taken in 31. Guess the government and sopac is getting thete way. Hard to understand why....
Comment by Boyd Winsor on October 16, 2017 at 9:56am

My buddy and I are having a hard time getting an animal in area 31 for the first time ever. Very few moose left here. I have covered a lot of country. Sad. Wildlife told me that only one moose has been taken on farm. They said it is a different year for sure. I have had my unpleasant experiences with area 36. A great area for moose but far to many covetous hunters. I'll never apply in that area again.

Comment by kenneth Griffiths on October 16, 2017 at 7:57am
Jezz what a mess to get into. That's one of my biggest reason for applying iny home town. Not fit to go anywhere else. My brother got a 9 point bull. Nice moose. Congrats peter on the cow. Sure she will be fine eating.

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