December 27, 2006
Discussion Topic: Does License Revocation Stop Poachers?
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
For anyone inclined to answer “yes,” first check out this story from the Ohio’s WCPO news:
State wildlife officials say one of their worst poachers is behind bars in Carroll County, charged with multiple counts of illegal hunting.
Douglas Andrews' hunting license was revoked for life in 1993, after he was convicted of poaching deer and wild turkey in southeast Ohio.
He also was accused of running an illegal deer hunting and meat sale operation.
But officials say that hasn't stopped him.
They say the Toledo man used a high-powered rifle to hunt deer, then took only the choice cuts of meat, leaving the remains to rot.
In Ohio, hunters are only allowed to use shotguns and muzzleloaders.
Following his arrest on December 4, Andrews was convicted of one count of illegal hunting and sentenced to six months in jail.
He has pleaded not guilty to 12 additional charges.