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Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Butler County, PA 2D, 2B
The state of Alaska will confiscate EVERYTHING that can be tied to poaching, ie, truck, airplane, boat, weapons, gear, up to and including houses where the poached meat is stored. It is taken very seriously. Is poaching still a serious problem? Absolutely, but a lot more can be done legally against the offenders.
As mentioned above, if the juvenile is convicted, it needs to fall on the responsible adult. Yes there are many single parents struggling to keep things going and can't be there all the time to monitor, but the teenagers don't have to have access to weapons if there are concerns about their use.
I think a major issue comes back to lack of respect. If you learn to respect and value things in life, it changes the way you interact with others. I was raised with a heavy hand, but that has paid off in my adult life. I appreciate the effort that my parents put into raising me.
Another angle to look at is a lot of the trophy hunting shows don't show dealing with the animal and how it is processed. One of the well known hunters makes a point of mentioning what happens to the meat. He'll mention if it was donated, or if it was processed so he could have it shipped home. The real work begins once you fire the shot..
Last edited by edg; 01-23-2018 at 09:13 PM.