It’s Over…Mostly

| December 7, 2011

November 30th marked the end of the hunting season for most people.

There are still a few seasons in the area: cougar, antlerless elk and antlerless mule deer in some wildlife management zones, but the worst is over!

This past season was challenging on many levels. It certainly became evident just how hard the deer population was hit last winter. I received a lot of feedback about deer numbers being drastically low.

Most understood that this was due to severe conditions last March when deer are most vulnerable. Not everyone was on the same page on this.

Some hunters were extremely unhappy about Fish & Wildlife continuing to allow the harvest of two antlerless white-tailed deer.

I could defend this but I won’t. I am not a wildlife biologist. I encourage you to contact the Area Wildlife Biologist if you have concerns about this or any other wildlife management issue.

I will provide his contact information to anyone who asks.

The highlight of this season from my point of view was checking a young hunter who had just harvested his very first ruffed grouse. He was absolutely beaming with excitement.

I was asked to pose for photos with this young lad and his prize. I was more than elated to do that.

It certainly made me reflect on my first success as a young hunter and the lasting impression that compliance checks by the game warden can have on all hunters, especially youngsters. With that in mind I try to make every check a positive experience for the hunter.

On the other side of the coin there were some extremely frustrating days.

Once again there were numerous instances of shot and left animals.

There was a small, white-tailed buck shot and left just north of Fox Creek. The suspect had even started to saw the skull plate off this deer but for some reason didn’t finish. The animal was left to rot!

There were two cow moose shot and left on the same road west of town, one in October and one in November. Both were rotten by the time I received the information. I won’t bore you with the details of all the animals shot and left in the area but there are several more.

I believe that there is one Fox Creek resident responsible for several of these shot and left animals, a serial poacher if you will. If you know anything about any of these I implore you to talk to me about it.

There was another incident where a poacher shot a cow and calf moose in WMU 347.

The poacher simply drove away after killing them. What makes this incident different is that there was a witness, a witness who did the right thing and called the Report-A-Poacher Hotline!

Abdul KHAN of Edmonton faces several charges under the Wildlife Act for this incident. He is summoned to appear in court Jan. 23, 2012 here in Fox Creek.

Unfortunately I also had occasion to hand out many tickets: loaded firearms in vehicles, open liquor in a vehicle (while hunting) and carrying another’s persons licence were common.

I also dealt with a few Outfitter incidents where the guides weren’t accompanying their clients as required.

Am I glad the hunting season is over?

You bet I am.

There is an expectation that I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I do my best to provide the best service I can but there is still only one Game Warden in town and its big country!

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Brandi loves meeting people and sharing their stories. A country girl at heart, she appreciates the simple things in a complex world.

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