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orchidman wrote: »
Here is an example of how a hunters 'attitude' can dig him a deep hole.
Quite a few years back (90's) I was out duck hunting and had just returned to the boatramp to be met by a group of hunters who made a complaint about 3 guys in a speedboat that had been chasing ducks down and shooting them. I headed back out to the area and sat and watched as I knew which route they would have to take to get back to the ramp. Sure enough about an hour later I see a boat with a 90hp outboard following the mangrove line. When it was about 600yds away a pair of ducks flew out and they dropped them. I headed towards them and ended up chasing them all the way back to the ramp.
When I approached them and identified myself and produced my Rangers warrant, they became belligerent and threatening. Initially I was going to write them up and confiscate their guns and birds, but one of the group ( the leader and boat owner) was a back yard lawyer and proceeded to tell me where I could go and that I was only a 'Honorary' ranger with no powers.
Despite my explanation that he wasnt doing himself any good by being an idiot he continued along the same lines.
Finally, I decided to throw the book at him so I exercised all the powers that I had and using the section that says 'and may confiscate any equipment used in the commission of the offence' I confiscated not only the guns and birds, but also the boat, trailer, and tow vehicle. That really set him off and luckily for me, the other hunters who had complained were present so I deputised them. ( We can call upon any member of the public to help)
He insisted that I call the police..........so I pulled my Police ID out and showed it to him. He then demanded that I get a Sgt or Snr Sgt as he wanted to deal with someone higher than 'just a beat cop'. I then quietly pointed out that my badge had my rank on it ( Snr Sgt) and if he wished I would get my Inspector to drive the 60miles so he could talk to him. At this stage his companions became quiet ( they had been 'egging' him on)
I also informed him that I was confiscating his and his companions camo hunting clothes and they ended up standing on the boatramp in their underwear until I let them get a change of clothes out of their truck.
Him and his mates subsequently went to court and ended up paying half the cost of their gear to get it back.
It pays to be polite when you are caught with your hand in the 'cookie jar'
rbsivley wrote: »
These are some good stories. I've never had a bad experience with a game warden. I've had my license checked a few times. I knew a guy out inIndendence, Ks that was one and he always had a story. Especialy with the mechanical deer.
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