As a hunter, conservationist, snowmobiler and member of a snowmobile club, it appauls me that things like this happen. I know how hard it is to get those private lands open to a wonderful winter activity. It takes a few of the hundreds of thousands of snowmobilers, to ruin and set back years and decades of work and good will between the volunteers in the clubs and the landowners whose land we are graciously allowed to use. This is no different than the slobs that ruin hunting on private land by their actions.
Either way, and regardless of the sport, these people have to be caught and prosectuted. If this was a poaching offense, we all know the consequences....this should be treated no different, and niether should the perpetrators of this incident.
We are concerned with the issues of our State deer herd....this is no more than wonten slaughter.
To the landowners, I understand your position, and the fact that you are considering reopening your property is admirable. my land is open to public activities also...but if this happened here, I would probably act in a simular fashion...but would do my best to find these criminals.
(Florence Co., WI)