Ohio wants to hit poachers where it hurts–in the wallet. But first they need to figure out how much a buck is worth.
From the Buckeye Firearms Association:
Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Rep. Jimmy Stewart (R-Albany) introduced House Bill 238 . . . [to] drastically alter the restitution value of any species that is unlawfully taken, bought, sold or possessed. Current law specifies the value of a white-tailed deer at $400 and a wild turkey at $300. The new legislation ties the restitution value to the score of the antlers of the white-tailed deer if the score is more than 125 inches. Scoring criteria is based on accepted Buckeye Big Buck type scoring measurements. A real trophy white-tailed deer might be valued at up to $10,000.
What do you think? Does this make sense?