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September 19, 2013

Poacher Kills World-Class New Mexico Bull

By Ben Romans

A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) conservation officer believes poaching is the cause of death for a world-class elk found rotting September 4 in a canyon near the town of Reserve.

This article from New Mexico Wildlife News says hunters in the area have filmed the bull, estimated to score 422 inches, over the last three seasons and last saw it alive on September 1.

"Up until this year, every time we would have an encounter with him he would disappear," Lewis said. "But this year he was visible every morning and every night. We thought we would have a chance to have a stalk on him and have a chance to harvest. But the poacher must have seen him too. It's really horrendous."

The New Mexico archery season opened September 1 in the unit where the elk was found, but NMDGF officer KC Gehrt reportedly investigated the remains and found evidence of what he believes was a mortal shot from a small caliber bullet.

"In the past, poachers have waited to return to an animal because they couldn't find it or they were waiting to claim the animal when they had a hunting license," Gehrt said. "That is what I suspect happened here. The wanton waste in this situation is sickening. It's one of the reasons that trophy poaching should be a treated as a felony"

If caught, the poacher faces misdemeanor charges and civil penalties over $10,000.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Sounds more like vandalism than poaching.

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from Longrifle wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

The punishment is never severe enough.

I am sick of hearing the single shot after dark in the fall.

How people can consider a poached kill a trophy escapes me.

Dirtbags.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

I know big antlered game have a lot of cash value to many, but would there be any outrage if it was a old cow elk or a scrawny spike deer?

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from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Poachers are not hunters any more than drug dealers are pharmacists. They are criminals, and one has to wonder why it is still a misdemeanor to poach any animal. ANY ILLEGAL USE OF A FIREARM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FELONY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

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from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Poachers are not hunters any more than drug dealers are pharmacists. They are criminals, and one has to wonder why it is still a misdemeanor to poach any animal. ANY ILLEGAL USE OF A FIREARM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FELONY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

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from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker..."vandalism" does not involve firing a weapon, nor the taking of any form of life. Vandalism is the intentional destruction of property that is not your own.

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from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker..."vandalism" does not involve firing a weapon, nor the taking of any form of life. Vandalism is the intentional destruction of property that is not your own.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Buckmeister, a few years back I was the one and only ranger at a very important but little known national battlefield. On the night of July 5, 2007, some jackass shot up the historical monuments. I remember it well because my mom also passed from cancer earlier that afternoon. That was an act of vandalism. Similarly, someone in New Mexico shot up another piece of public property (a bull elk) apparently for no other reason than to destroy it. No effort was made to take the antlers or any part of the animal. Poaching is not simply destroying things for the hell of it. The poachers usually have a reason for killing the animals (taking some body parts). Clearly, from the information provided in this blog and the newspaper account, this would appear to be mor a case of vandalism. Which, by the way, I view with equal contempt as poaching.

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from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Poachers are not hunters any more than drug dealers are pharmacists. They are criminals, and one has to wonder why it is still a misdemeanor to poach any animal. ANY ILLEGAL USE OF A FIREARM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FELONY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

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from Longrifle wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

The punishment is never severe enough.

I am sick of hearing the single shot after dark in the fall.

How people can consider a poached kill a trophy escapes me.

Dirtbags.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

I know big antlered game have a lot of cash value to many, but would there be any outrage if it was a old cow elk or a scrawny spike deer?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Poachers are not hunters any more than drug dealers are pharmacists. They are criminals, and one has to wonder why it is still a misdemeanor to poach any animal. ANY ILLEGAL USE OF A FIREARM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FELONY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker..."vandalism" does not involve firing a weapon, nor the taking of any form of life. Vandalism is the intentional destruction of property that is not your own.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckmeister2 wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker..."vandalism" does not involve firing a weapon, nor the taking of any form of life. Vandalism is the intentional destruction of property that is not your own.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Buckmeister, a few years back I was the one and only ranger at a very important but little known national battlefield. On the night of July 5, 2007, some jackass shot up the historical monuments. I remember it well because my mom also passed from cancer earlier that afternoon. That was an act of vandalism. Similarly, someone in New Mexico shot up another piece of public property (a bull elk) apparently for no other reason than to destroy it. No effort was made to take the antlers or any part of the animal. Poaching is not simply destroying things for the hell of it. The poachers usually have a reason for killing the animals (taking some body parts). Clearly, from the information provided in this blog and the newspaper account, this would appear to be mor a case of vandalism. Which, by the way, I view with equal contempt as poaching.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Sounds more like vandalism than poaching.

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