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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.
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.
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?
Rabbits very scarce out my way
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
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.
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
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.
Conservation is a dirty word with this bunch we have in Govt.
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..
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.
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