By Jake Kauffman
We're currently in bow hunting season and are only weeks away from buck season in West Virginia but believe it or not poaching is a serious issue here in the Ohio Valley.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources was at Cabela's Saturday to help educate hunters on the dangers of poaching.
Natural Resource Police Officers had all the antlers from deer killed illegally in the Northern Panhandle on display.
Officer Stephen Haines wanted people to know poaching is not only dangerous for the animals.
"When we have a good poaching complaint a lot of times there's other criminal activity a foot whether it be guns, drugs, warrants hits, whatever it may be," said Haines. "Some of it is a lot of safety reasons. A lot of these animals were taken and it was high powered rifles in the middle of the night, whatever it may be. So it constitutes a shooting from the roadway with several of these. It becomes a public hazard."
There's a Natural Resource Police Officer in every county in the Northern Panhandle. Officer Haines said the display was also intended so people were more familiar with the officers and then become more encouraged to report poaching.