Goose Poacher Caught Red-Handed, Gets Gotcha! Award
June 20, 2012
We see a lot of dumb poachers in the news, and each and every one of them provides a good laugh over our morning whiskey, and also validates our own existence, making us feel much better about ourselves.
So imagine how good we felt about ourselves after reading about this loser. Photographer Charlie Long snapped some photos of this Elmer Fudd wannabe helping himself to a few snow geese at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, Del., one of the top gatherings for snowies in the country.
Apparently, this bumbling burglar thought he was perfectly within his rights to just cap a few geese with his trusty shotgun from the side of the road. After Long and a few other witnesses apprehended this moron, Cpl. Julie Jones with the Delaware Division of Natural Resources informed the poacher that he was waaaaay in the wrong. As Long told our sister magazine, Wildfowl, "He plead ignorance. She said, 'This is a federal refuge and you are in possession of lead shot, shooting from a roadway and have no hunting license, and are in illegal possession of waterfowl without stamps and have unlawfully discharged a weapon inside a federal refuge.'"
For being in the frame of mind to think it's OK to just illegally pop a few geese in broad daylight on a busy road, we at Petersen's Hunting award this camera friendly goose killer the prestigious Gotcha! Award.