- Illegally Taking Our Deer and Moose -
The Wednesday, December 21 edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader reported that three men were arrested by the N.H. Fish and Game Department in two separate incidents of illegally taking of deer and moose. In Ossipee, Conservation Officers executed a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of two men, Shawn Emond (age 21), and James Armstrong (age 38) both Ossipee residents. They were charged with illegal taking of moose, taking an over limit of deer and illegal possession of deer.
In Tamworth, Jose Andujar (age 32) of Tamworth was arrested and formally charged with taking moose during closed season, taking a moose without a valid license and illegal possession of moose. All three men have been ordered to appear in the Ossipee District Court on January 19, 2012. These people aren’t sportsmen and should be held in jail until their court appearance. How many game animals are taken illegally every year is unknown. I’m sure there are plenty of scumbags that don’t get caught. Their fines should be horrific and include the loss of their firearms as well as their licenses. They do get suspended license punishments and fines. However, there are persons who continue to poach game even after that. They are stealing from us all.
People who violate hunting and fishing laws need to be caught and taken down. If you are aware of a poaching situation, be sure to get the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on the case by reporting violations to Operation Game Thief. This can be done online at: www.wildnh.com/OGT, or you can call their 24 hour hotline at: 1-800-344-4262. Confidentiality is guaranteed. Rewards are paid for tips that lead to arrest or citation.
Poaching violations range from the illegal taking of game or fish to trespassing, littering, theft or destroying of property. New Hampshire Conservation Officer, Lt. James Goss, of Fish and Game Law Enforcement, says, “Information reported by the public through Operation Game Thief can really make a difference in protecting the natural resources that are out there for all to enjoy.”
If you are aware of a poaching situation or have witnessed a wildlife crime, do not hesitate to call the Operation Game Thief hotline. Be sure to report as much information as you can. This should include the following:
1. Date and Time
2. Vehicle Description and License Plate Number
3. Road or Route
4. Specific Violation
5. Travel Direction
6. Descriptions of person or persons
If you have any questions, contact Colonel Martin Garabedian at Fish and Game Headquarters. His number is: (603) 271-3129.
I hope all our readers have a wonderful Christmas this year, even with the lack of snow in southern areas of the state.
Bob Harris can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com