Revoking hunting privileges could easily be enacted by fish and game for convicted felons. This is a huge step in the right direction. Felons also cannot possess firearms. So their homes have to be void of all firearms.
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Here in Oregon, felons obviously lose the privilege of hunting with a firearm but can still hunt with a bow. Is that consistent with other states?
I'd be all for banning all hunting rights for these mouth breathers.
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I'm not sure where to go with this... You can get a felony driving a vehicle but that doesn't seem to have deterred people from wanting to drive. If someone isn't going to hunt for fear of getting a felony I'm not sure that's someone we'd want as a hunter to begin with. As I understand it, this/these changes will only apply to "the worst of the worst". You won't (likely) be slapped with a felony if you have on the wrong amount of blaze orange or are 1/4 mile into a different GMU. These are being enacted to punish the most obvious, blatant offenders and for that I'm definitely in support. I do know there have been people that have poached because they knew, nothing serious could come from their actions.... hopefully this changes that mentality.Not wiled about coming up with stiffer penalties as it has the potential to backfire on hunting as a whole. Hunting is on a down hill slide as it is. Almost all states are losing hunter numbers without adding stiffer penalties while the anti hunter numbers look like they are going up. Not a good thing for us. I'm not at all trying to over look the TV show guys being caught breaking hunting laws but making too big a deal about these guys and asking for bigger fines,and other penalties because we don't like what the TV guys did can potentially scare new hunters out of hunting. I could go on and on about this but keep in mind there are bad apples everywhere be it hunting, fishing, camping etc. and to think stiffer laws will stop the bad guys without affecting the good guys, I think we better approach this with a lot of thought.
It's fair enough that they say this law will be for the worst of the worst, but human discretion is wide window
Yea man I'm all for it. I'd love to see the bad guys get the book. I don't wanna come off like I know what I'm talking about I haven't read anything on the article yet. Just an opinion really.This is very true... but I'm guessing what will constitute a game and fish felony will be spelled out pretty clearly, just like all other felonies. There may even be a monetary value assigned. Most of what I've seen is minor infractions like cross tagging, accidental trespass, etc... are going to remain misdemeanors. From the little reading I've done on states looking to go this route, it will have to be a pretty serious crime to qualify as a felony which aren't likely to occur accidentally.
Yea man I'm all for it. I'd love to see the bad guys get the book. I don't wanna come off like I know what I'm talking about I haven't read anything on the article yet. Just an opinion really.
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I'll 2nd that. I have a few wardens on speed dial, within the counties that I hunt. They've always been great, and super helpful.I definitely see your point of view on the other side and share some of the same concerns... I just don't think that felony game and fish violations will be handed out lightly. Temporarily taking someones hunting/fishing privileges is a big deal, taking someone's firearm is even a bigger deal but essentially giving someone a lifelong black eye by writing felony poaching should only be reserved for the criminals. I've bumped into wardens in alot of different states and I can honestly tip my hat to most, if not all, for being very well rounded, respecful LEO's with overall good common sense. At present I do trust our G&F officers to make smart decisions and use discretion....
I am all for more significant penalties for poaching except in situations where someone is trying to feed themselves or their family- I am not saying it is okay to ever poach but the authorities should have some discretion as to charging a trophy hunter versus a hungry person.
Anyone concerned this fits in with the Anti's agenda to humanize animals?
I mean a felony? I get it, there are some egregious poaching cases that seem to be on that level. Without reading into the details it seems this leaves some room for lower-level poaching cases to be charged as a felony.
It also seems to me we are getting awfully close to equating an animal's life to a humans here...slippery slope.