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Ok ...heres two stories from the Bayou State
Keep in mind we live way out in the country and saying we're a touch on the redneck side is like saying bacon tastes good fried.[:D]
11 years ago my Dad heard a shot late one night come from our NW pasture which has highway frontage. Upon looking out the window he saw two people being guided into our pasture by a spotlight held by another person in a truck sitting in the middle of the highway....they were dragging a deer out. So out the front door the old man goes ...figuring moms car is faster and quieter than his diesl, he takes off down the drive way in her new Lincoln. We have a long drive way and he traveled down it at about a 90 degree angle from the poachers, the only problem was at the top of our drive way instead of turning right to go down towards the poachers his house shoes got tangled up in the floor mat and he managed to shove the accelerator down...pushing him straight into the hill on the other side of the road. Presto bent frame and all four doors jammed closed. Then the poachers fire up thier truck and head up the highway towards him to get out of there and try to make it back to town. Knucklehead Ned (my dad [:D]) backs the car up and blocks the highway (And rolls the window down)...The poachers go around and make thier escape (with two loads of thee inch magnum buckshot to encourage them not to stop) When the sheriff arrived (he lives close to us ...sorta) he and the deputies found one dead doe deer, a bloody butcher knife and one ticked mom type..and a highly embarrassed dad type. Six thousand dollars worth of damages to the car! The deputy asked if dad did not have a rifle, when told yes, the sheriff chimed in and said well let them shoot first next time and then you shoot.[:D] I Really like our sheriff! Coincidentally they caught those folks a few weeks later on a burglary bust and they all ratted one another out ...from illegal turkey poaching to selling those poached deer to local resturants (they killed 12 deer the night they had the run in with dad)....lots of people got a free ride to jail. & now the highway in front of our house is ranged for 180 grain handloads delivered by .300 weatherby magnum --- Cartidges is cheaper than cars.
#2 ===== The year before last we came upon two guys shooting from the highway into a friends beaver pond. We chased em' long enough to get a license plate and went back to see what they had shot....really freaked me out because the camp is just up the hill from there and all the kids go down the trails to the pond to play. Turned out the two highway hero's killed a set of twin button bucks every body in the community had been watching all summer ....we reported it and a few hours later the wardens showed up to recover the deer and take our statements. They ran the plates and on a hunch checked in with the Public Game reserve that is our close proximity...the poachers were checked in but had not checked out for the day. One warden was very angry because he had to go arrest those two and would be missing his son's first birthday party. (needless to say it was gonna suck to be those guys when that warden caught them) When the wardens were going through the reserve to get to the check out station and wait on our highway hero's they saw truck lights coming up a atv only trail....they backed up killed thier lights and waited...unbelievably it was the same guys...with three more button bucks in the truck. I think they got between 25 and 30 tickets and served the max time. Gotta love small towns...my cousin dosent hunt and doesnt like most hunters but she hates poachers worse than rattlesnakes and she was the prosecuting attorney[:D]
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