In case some of you may think I'm being extreme in my views of the practices of the game department officials, I would invite you to read the current (March 04) issue of NRA's The American Rifleman. On page 14 is an article by NRA President Kayne Robinson titled "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly". The same article may also be in The American Hunter.
The article points out some of the outrageous actions taken by the game departments which, in his opinion, are very discouraging to law abiding hunters. Among those examples is the arrest of a person who happens to be sighting in his hunting rifle on the family farm during deer season in a "shotgun only" state. Another example of abuse is the routine stopping of hunters and the searching of their cars without any suspicion whatsoever of any violation of any kind. He points out that in his many years of being a law enforcement officer, he couldn't just stop someone and search them without probable cause, but game department officials (game wardens) routinely stop people without probable cause and search their vehicles, check their licenses, and check that everything is in 100% compliance with all the bureaucratic red tape. He mentions the numerous hunters that have been arrested and issued citations because they failed to MAKE A PHONE CALL to get the Harvest Information Program number and write it on their license, thereby rendering their license invalid :!: Give me a frigging break :!: :evil: :evil:
My comments on this thread were not inspired in any way by this article. I just happened to sit down today to look through the magazine and right there in black and white was an article dealing with the very thing we are discussing on this board.
So, those of you who are supporting the game department officials regardless of what they do, may want to reconsider your support. As I've said repeatedly, I fully support the enforcement of legitimate, reasonable laws that help preserve our wildlife. I DON'T support the senseless enforcement of nitpicking laws which have zero effect on the game populations and serve only to raise revenue for the enforcement agencies and piss off law abiding hunters. The enforcement agencies are shooting themselves in the foot, and I'll damn sure tell them so.