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Trafficking Sting Recovers More Than 500 Sets of Deer, Big Game Antlers

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September 27, 2012

Trafficking Sting Recovers More Than 500 Sets of Deer, Big Game Antlers

By Chad Love

An Alberta, Canada man is facing numerous charges after a sting that netted more than 500 sets of illegal antlers.

From this story in the Calgary Herald
An east-central Alberta man and his business are facing charges after a four-month undercover investigation into illegal big-game trafficking led to the discovery of 500 sets of deer antlers and other antlers from moose, elk and caribou. The antlers were seized Aug. 25 when Fish and Wildlife officers executed a search warrant at an auto-repair business in Sedgewick, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said in a news release Tuesday.

According to the story, Garland Larry Poyser of Sedgewick and his business, Poyser Auto Service, face two counts of unlawfully trafficking in wildlife, one count of possessing wildlife for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife. The 500 sets of antlers were from both whitetails and mule deer. Wildife officers also found 36 sets of moose antlers, six sets of elk antlers and one caribou rack. The story doesn't state where the antlers came from, how they got them or what they were doing with them, but any way you slice it, that's a lot of horn.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hi...

Just hope no judge considers this a MINOR offence...!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Garland Larry Poyser? Hard for a guy born with a name like that to be anything but a loser. I bet he's fat, drinks beer, and drives an ugly pickup. :-)

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from MICHMAN wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

If found guilty than we need a punishment to fit the crime. A message needs to be sent for future offenders. A PRISON term would be preferred!

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from Hank111 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Worthless story! Why are they illegal? Where did they come from? What was he doing with them? No details, looks like mostly sheds.

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Agree Hank111. This story shouldn't have even been posted. It means nothing so far.

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from Irving Stammreich wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Undoubtedly, you guys didn't look close enough. You can see some of the mounts like the moose rack and some deer. Those aren't sheds. I would say either poached animals or stolen trophies.

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

You must be a cop irving, ta make that conclusion. Possable they were bought at rummage sales, auctions, flea markets, the shoppers news paper, word of mouth, etc. But nope... They were stolen or poached.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I can't see any real trophies in the lot. Looks like a lot of junk. Here's the skinny: up here in Canada only the Natives can sell wild animal parts (and they are restricted from trafficking in some stuff like bear gall bladders). They are also entitled to harvest anything they want, any place they want, any time they want. Do you think that makes game management tricky? You bet! But a deal's a deal.

Anyway, this is all about protecting Native treaty rights. Clearly, some of those racks aren't worth a lot except on the Asian horn market. Looks to me like one of the moose racks was painted which makes it wortheless totally. The guy probably acquired the racks sort-of legitimately but was breaking the law when he engaged in commerce selling them. Particularly because he didn't harvest them himself (though even if he had, he still would not legally have been able to sell the stuff unless he was Native). Considering that he was trying to sell painted antlers I have a feeling he didn't know what the heck he was doing.

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from Filson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

So that's where the come from on ebay....a body shop. Wait till fish and game find out they were all made with bondo, and sprayed next to an old nova. Who cares what he does or doesn't do with them. No details, no story. Btw, I've never found a cool shed and put them on a plaque, yes I have.

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from dedduck wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

you cannot sell wildlife parts in alberta,i have 40 years of antlers,can not sell any pretty dam stupid.

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from Hank111 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Worthless story! Why are they illegal? Where did they come from? What was he doing with them? No details, looks like mostly sheds.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hi...

Just hope no judge considers this a MINOR offence...!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Garland Larry Poyser? Hard for a guy born with a name like that to be anything but a loser. I bet he's fat, drinks beer, and drives an ugly pickup. :-)

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from MICHMAN wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

If found guilty than we need a punishment to fit the crime. A message needs to be sent for future offenders. A PRISON term would be preferred!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I can't see any real trophies in the lot. Looks like a lot of junk. Here's the skinny: up here in Canada only the Natives can sell wild animal parts (and they are restricted from trafficking in some stuff like bear gall bladders). They are also entitled to harvest anything they want, any place they want, any time they want. Do you think that makes game management tricky? You bet! But a deal's a deal.

Anyway, this is all about protecting Native treaty rights. Clearly, some of those racks aren't worth a lot except on the Asian horn market. Looks to me like one of the moose racks was painted which makes it wortheless totally. The guy probably acquired the racks sort-of legitimately but was breaking the law when he engaged in commerce selling them. Particularly because he didn't harvest them himself (though even if he had, he still would not legally have been able to sell the stuff unless he was Native). Considering that he was trying to sell painted antlers I have a feeling he didn't know what the heck he was doing.

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Agree Hank111. This story shouldn't have even been posted. It means nothing so far.

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from Irving Stammreich wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Undoubtedly, you guys didn't look close enough. You can see some of the mounts like the moose rack and some deer. Those aren't sheds. I would say either poached animals or stolen trophies.

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

You must be a cop irving, ta make that conclusion. Possable they were bought at rummage sales, auctions, flea markets, the shoppers news paper, word of mouth, etc. But nope... They were stolen or poached.

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from Filson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

So that's where the come from on ebay....a body shop. Wait till fish and game find out they were all made with bondo, and sprayed next to an old nova. Who cares what he does or doesn't do with them. No details, no story. Btw, I've never found a cool shed and put them on a plaque, yes I have.

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from dedduck wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

you cannot sell wildlife parts in alberta,i have 40 years of antlers,can not sell any pretty dam stupid.

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