“An evening of night hunting has resulted in thousands of dollars in fines and the seizure of hunting-related equipment and a vehicle from the four men found guilty,” reports Canada’s Brandon Sun. The bust represents a combination of plenty ‘o tipsters (not a stripper) and a gaggle of game wardens, some higher than others.
The night hunting incident took place in the Carberry area during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2016, when conservation officers acted on numerous complaints of night hunting.
In response, 14 conservation officers and the chief constable of the RM of Cornwallis Police Service conducted an aircraft-assisted night patrol, according to a release from the province.
The airborne Game Wardens spied the poachers near a gun free school zone. I mean residential area . . .
A vehicle on a municipal road near Glenboro was seen from the air, and was followed.
This vehicle was seen shining a spotlight several times to light up a privately owned field in an area that was reportedly “very near to private homes.”
Officers on the ground moved in and tried to stop the vehicle.
The driver refused to comply, lost control and got stuck in the ditch following a short pursuit, after which four men were arrested at the scene.
Carberry Mayor Stuart Olmstead said that night hunting, also known as spotlighting, has been an ongoing problem in the area.
“I think everybody has heard a story in regards to night hunting, or knows somebody who has had something shot on their land, and it’s always a safety issue, regardless of any other issues,” he said.
“It’s just dangerous and stupid.”
Props to city cops who enter dangerous situations in crowded urban settings. Same goes double for Game Wardens — men and women who have to approach dangerous people with high powered scopes, at night, on vast land.
Wikipedia.org tells us that the original provisions of Britain’s Night Poaching Act of 1828, convicted poachers could be sent to Tasmania. Maybe we should send our night poachers to . . . New Jersey?