La. Hunter wrote:
Lreynolds wrote:It doesn't matter what he did with the ducks or why he "needed" them. You can't steal to feed your family. $300 fine plus replacement value if first offense. Same plus loss of hunting privileges if second or more.
I'm not trying to argue with you Larry, but regardless of what the law says, if it ever comes down to my family starving and me killing an animal out of season, you can go ahead and label me a poacher. My land is supporting enough of the "states" game that I will kill what I need if it ever comes down to it. I hope it never comes to that though.
That's OK with me, but it's against the law .... AND you have many other LEGAL options to feed your family, including coming by my Church where we will help you as we do hundreds of others. The NEED to kill game out of season or over the limit during the season is badly overstated by people trying to make an un-realistic point in hypothetical discussions like this.
The fact is that wildlife is a public-owned resource. As a private landowner, you control access to that game, but you are not the sole owner of it, and thus can not legally use it as you see fit. No value judgments at all, that is simply the law. Just like I can NOT take your camera (or whatever property) out of your truck and sell it to "feed my family", I am also not allowed to take public-owned wildlife outside of the regulations that permit it to "feed my family".
It has nothing to do with whether you think ducks are more or less important than cameras, or tool boxes, or jewelry ..... it has to do with taking something that is not yours to take. I don't know what the punishment is for stealing somebody's camera or tool box or jewelry either.